from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rough water caused by opposing tides or currents.


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  • I started to swim for the Solano shore, but was too weak and chilled, and made so little headway, and at the cost of such painful effort, that I gave it up and contented myself with floating, now and then giving a stroke to keep my balance in the tide-rips which were increasing their commotion on the surface of the water.

    Chapter 12

  • Neither were the schooner captains believed when they reported seeing, on cold winter mornings, a man swimming in the tide-rips of Raccoon Straits or in the swift currents between Goat island and Angel Island miles from shore.

    When the World Was Young

  • Daylight, after I had been four hours in the water, found me in a parlous condition in the tide-rips off Mare Island light, where the swift ebbs from Vallejo Straits and Carquinez Straits were fighting with each other, and where, at that particular moment, they were fighting the flood tide setting up against them from San

    Chapter 12

  • The ship had not been built which could live in those tide-rips and cross-currents.

    Three Worlds to Conquer

  • The ship had not been built which could live in those tide-rips and cross-currents.

    Three Worlds To Conquer

  • Again, we would be staggering through the tide-rips and overfalls that infest the open fairway of the Weser on our passage between the Fork and the Pike.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • Sailors tell of "tide-rips" and "ground-swells," which they suppose to have been occasioned by hurricanes and earthquakes, and to have travelled many hundred, and sometimes even two or three thousand miles.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

  • For nowhere in all this world could one hope to come upon a crowd better schooled in the rules of hero-worship, American-style, than this eleventh-hour mob which was pouring like tide-rips from side-street theaters into the city's main thoroughfare.

    Winner Take All

  • A rustling noise, as of strong tide-rips breaking ahead, was heard, the sound increasing every minute.

    The Von Toodleburgs Or, The History of a Very Distinguished Family

  • Since the northeast monsoon now had set in and the winds were constant, we soon passed the tide-rips of St. Esprit, and sighting only a few small islands covered with brush and mangroves, where the seas broke in long lines of silver under an occasional cocoanut palm, we left astern in due time the treacherous water of the Paracel Reefs.

    The Mutineers


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