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1. The incoming or rising tide, occurring between the time when the tide is lowest and the time when the following tide is highest.
a. A large or increasing amount: "Is the flood tide of scandals evidence of a flood tide of malfeasance?" (Eduardo Porter).
b. The peak or climax: "when the pent-up energies of the Depression years and World War II were at flood tide" (Anne Bernays and Justin Kaplan).
the inflow of the tide; rising tide.
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|Noun||1.||flood tide - the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding; "the climax of the artist's career"; "in the flood tide of his success"|
|2.||flood tide - the occurrence of incoming water (between a low tide and the following high tide); "a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune" -Shakespeare|
tide - the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon
ebbtide - the tide while water is flowing out