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A particular time, season, or festival of the Christian Church; tide meaning ‘time, period, era’ is recorded from Old English (in form tīd) and is of German origin, ultimately related to German Zeit.

From late Middle English, the word has also meant (now the current meaning) the alternate rising and falling of the sea, usually twice in each lunar day at a particular place, due to the attraction of the moon and sun.

See also happy as a clam at high tide, a rising tide lifts all boats, save the tide, time and tide wait for no man.

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