turn the tide

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v turn the tide cause a complete reversal of the circumstances "The tables are turned now that the Republicans are in power!"
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Quotations

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.”

Usage

In literature:

But as soon as the effects upon the enemy were appreciated the tide of popular feeling turned.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
It seemed quite like a grim joke, but it produced a reaction that turned the tide of thoughts and brought more courage.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
The human tide was turning cityward.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
His loyalty only remained; and this, in turn, was to be swept away by the tide of his ambition.
"Love affairs of the Courts of Europe" by Thornton Hall
The charge ended in wild flight, and Tilly saw that he must himself attack, to turn the tide.
"Hero Tales of the Far North" by Jacob A. Riis
And now," he adds, perhaps less justly, "the tide was on the turn.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
But instead of his being down and out, the tide had even then turned for Chadwick Champneys.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
Nevertheless, it turned the tide, and, as Washington foresaw, brought out a strong movement in its favor.
"George Washington, Vol. II" by Henry Cabot Lodge
They saw that the tide had turned, and were apprehensive of reprisals.
"An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)" by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
Soon after the tide turned, and the reformation entered into a new phase.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
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In poetry:

I wrestle not with rage,
While fury's flame doth burn;
It is in vain to stop the stream
Until the tide doth turn.
"Content and Rich" by Robert Southwell
The wounded heart and the dying swan
Were side by side
Where the rushes coil with the turn of the tide—
The hart and the swan.
"Last Love [Canzone]" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The supreme hours unnoted come;
Unfelt the turning tides of doom;
And so the maids laughed on,
Nor dreamed what Fate had done,--
"The Maids Of Attitash" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Shuddering the purple street-arc burns
Where I watch always; from the banks
Dolorously the shipping clanks
And after me a strange tide turns.
"Shadwell Stair" by Wilfred Owen
She begs for them of careless crowd,
Of earnest brows and narrow hearts,
That when it hears her cry aloud,
Turns like the ebb-tide and departs.
"Charity" by Victor Marie Hugo
How easily He turns the tides!
The fulness of my yesterday
Has vanished like a rapid dream,
And pitiless and far away
The cool, refreshing waters gleam:
Grim rocks of dread and doubt and pain
"Ebb And Flow" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

E-retailers take heart : the tide's turning on patent claims.
One game helped turn the Tide for Alabama football.
Turn the tide against Bashar al-Assad.
Boston Continues to Turn the Tide .
Two Plays on Defense Turn the Tide .
US action will ' turn the tide ' in Libya.
Paul suggested in his address that the tide is turning with young people.
Spain's Jose Coronado , star of recent US pick-up "No Rest for the Wicked," is attached to Gaumont-produced adventure comedy "Turning Tide.
As it turned out, the Crimson Tide had that by halftime.
0A national DNA database is turning the tide on cold cases.
The tide on universal healthcare may finally be turning.
Solidifying a win in just two of them could turn the tide on Sen Barack Obama's lead or leave Sen John McCain further in the dust.
It's been a violent year in Reading, but a peace rally Saturday is trying to turn the tide.
The Kingston Port District is hoping some new initiatives will help turn the financial tide for the SoundRunner passenger ferry.
Turning that tide is needed now and lightening our footprint the method.
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In science:

As the tides became stronger, they would circularize the orbit, which in turn would shut down the tidal heating mechanism.
Tidal Evolution of Close-in Extra-Solar Planets
Until a few years ago lenders had held the upper hand, but more recently the tide has been turning, nationwide and state by state.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
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