“It took months for this initial trauma to ebb, years for my psyche to regain its equilibrium,” Sullivan writes.
Recall fever seemed to ebb after a series of state legislative recall elections.
Perhaps this accounts for the ebb and flow of her popularity.
Old English ebba "ebb, low tide," perhaps from Proto-Germanic *abjon (cf. Old Frisian ebba, Old Saxon ebbiunga, Middle Dutch ebbe, Dutch eb, German Ebbe), from *ab-, from PIE root *apo- "off, away" (see apo-). Figurative sense of "decline, decay" is c.1400.
Old English ebbian, from the root of ebb (n.). Related: Ebbed; ebbing.