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at (something's) lowest ebb

In a state of decline; less or lower than the typical standard or expectation. The charity struggled to help those in need, as outside donations were at their lowest ebb in years.
See also: ebb, low

low ebb

A state of decline. The economy is at a low ebb with no hope of recovery in the near future.
See also: ebb, low

ebb and flow

to decrease and then increase, as with tides; a decrease followed by an increase, as with tides. The fortunes of the major political parties tend to ebb and flow over time. The ebb and flow of democracy through history is a fascinating subject.
See also: and, ebb, flow

ebb away

to recede; to subside; to flow back. His life ebbed away little by little. As the sunlight ebbed away, the sky took on a grayish color.
See also: away, ebb

the ebb and flow of something

the continually changing character of something There is a normal ebb and flow in nature, for example, when there is just the right amount of rain and when there is not enough.
Usage notes: often said about something that regularly gets larger and smaller: There's a constant ebb and flow of traffic on the highway.
Related vocabulary: ups and downs
See also: and, ebb, flow, of

at (a) low ebb

(slightly formal) also at its lowest ebb
below the usual condition or standard The divorce comes at a time when Jackson's career is at a low ebb. Support for the arts has reached its lowest ebb and we hope it won't go any lower.
Related vocabulary: up to par
See also: ebb, low

the ebb and flow

the way in which the level of something frequently becomes higher or lower in a situation (often + of ) The government did nothing about the recession, hoping it was just part of the ebb and flow of the economy.
See also: and, ebb, flow

a low ebb

a bad state (not used with the ) Respect for the police is at a low ebb. I'd just separated from my wife and was at a fairly low ebb. (= was feeling sad and without hope) Relations between the two countries have reached their lowest ebb (= are the worst they have been) since the second world war.
See also: ebb, low

at a low ebb

At a low point, in a state of decline or depression. For example, The current recession has put our business at a low ebb. This idiom transfers the low point of a tide to a decline in human affairs. [Mid-1600s]
See also: ebb, low

ebb and flow

A decline and increase, constant fluctuations. For example, He was fascinated by the ebb and flow of the Church's influence over the centuries. This expression alludes to the inward and outward movement of ocean tides. [Late 1500s]
See also: and, ebb, flow
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Judge Crowson ordered Ebbs, formerly of Landseer Drive, Billingham, to pay a PS1,200 fine, PS300 compensation to the victims, PS100 costs and a PS120 victim surcharge.
The average cost of a DJ or wedding band can range between Dh4,000 and Dh8,000 per evening, said Ebbs.
To buy a decent dress from a wedding shop in Dubai, a bride has to spend at least Dh10,000," said Ebbs.
The eastern gate was the main gate for the wetlands, allowing in flood and ebb flows.
In November 2003, the COE removed marine growth and corrosion from the hinges of the west tide gate so that it now functions to only allow ebb flows to leave the wetlands.
4[degrees]C with the warmest occurring during spring low-tide ebb flows.
Concentrations of dissolved oxygen generally were lower during morning flood tide conditions compared with measurements taken later each day during the ebb flow.
These data are summarized in Table 3 where mean densities for each fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) among the five stations during flood and ebb tidal flows are presented.
Specifically, benefits on the EBBS scale were divided into five areas: life enhancement, psychological outlook, physical performance, social interaction, and preventive health.
Changes in EBBS subscale scores were compared using simple t-tests.
Table 1 also presents pre- to posttest changes in the subscales of the EBBS for mothers in the study.
Table 2 also presents pre- to posttest changes in the subscales of the EBBS for daughters in the study.
The EBBS scale demonstrated acceptable reliability when utilized with this population.
This is an important step in our international growth as an institution," says Ebbs.
The axles have been specially designed to suit the dumper trucks made by Ebbs and Radinger, already one of the Barlow Road firm's major European clients.