flood tide

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flood tide ‎(plural flood tides)

  1. The period between low tide and the next high tide in which the sea is rising.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Ch.16:
      Going forward and glancing over the weather bow, I perceived that the ship swinging to her anchor with the flood-tide, was now obliquely pointing towards the open ocean.
  2. (by extension) The highest point of something; a climax.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter I, The Younger Set:
      It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue ; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current ; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau ; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.}}