Ebb and flow

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the alternate ebb and flood of the tide; often used figuratively.

See also: Ebb

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
And meet it is, that over these sea-pastures, wide-rolling watery prairies and Potters' Fields of all four continents, the waves should rise and fall, and ebb and flow unceasingly; for here, millions of mixed shades and shadows, drowned dreams, somnambulisms, reveries; all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still; tossing like slumberers in their beds; the ever-rolling waves but made so by their restlessness.
At first sight it appears not a little remarkable that the fresh water should regularly ebb and flow with the tides; and it has even been imagined, that sand has the power of filtering the salt from the sea-water.
Global Risks Ebb and Flow: last week's rally in equities, with the solid gains for the year-to-date as well, suggest a much improved global outlook for 2019 than the collapse that was feared as 2018 closed.
'Do not let Anwar be lied to twice by the ebb and flow of politics,'' he said.
Designed and printed by people living in the town who are part of the arts and heritage project Ebb and Flow, it was made after they attended a historical workshop to explore the role the textile industry played in the heritage of the area.
But I do love Doha's cold weather which ebbs and flows with the ebb and flow of the chilly air.
As We Go AS we go and we so come, Life to us is on the run, Our numbers get bigger as we live, To us all is the take and give, Life is like a whirlwind, But around it other things are rimmed, So fast that time just ebbs away, With our thoughts and minds to play, Others join in the game, Some can make it very plain, Never being alone, someone always there, Even if, in apprehension, they do stare, We are all different, given from our past, In a formula of time being cast, In theory I am different from you, But with many things in common to do, To be a soul in the ebb and flow, Constant learning there to know, A spirit of life in many a form, In this of its trials to be known, To bloom in knowledge of what is there, With others around our lives to share.
Throughout it all, as the sands of culture shift and the tides of politics ebb and flow, Her Majesty has been steadfast - a rock of strength for our nation, for our Commonwealth and on many occasions for the whole world" - Prime Minister David Cameron's tribute to the Queen on her 90th birthday.
They have had a blip and teams do have blips and ebb and flow at times.
The article, titled “The Ebb and Flow of Stories,” examines the point in all aspects, from how an author creates each to its effect on the reader.
If the wetlands were functioning properly, bacterial counts would be reduced during ebb tide and that there would be a significant difference between the ebb and flow tide samples, however they were nearly identical.
LOS ANGELES, Jumada I 7, 1434, Mar 19, 2013, SPA -- When NASA's twin spacecraft Ebb and Flow crashed into the moon last year, scientists did not count on seeing the aftermath, AP reported.