rip tide

riptide

[rip-tahyd]
noun
a tide that opposes another or other tides, causing a violent disturbance in the sea.

Origin:
1860–65; rip2 + tide1


See undertow.
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riptide (ˈrɪpˌtaɪd)
 
n
1.  rip, Also called: tide-rip a stretch of turbulent water in the sea, caused by the meeting of currents or abrupt changes in depth
2.  Also called: rip current a strong current, esp one flowing outwards from the shore, causing disturbance on the surface

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