the ebb and flow


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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
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He listened intently to the ebb and flow of these sounds.
But Maria Silva read a different tale in the hollow cheeks and the burning eyes, and she noted the changes in them from day to day, by them following the ebb and flow of his fortunes.
Parted by life and death; the ebb and flow Of night and day over his spirit go; He hunts her face in dreams, and finds despair.
His changes of mood did not offend me, because I saw that I had nothing to do with their alternation; the ebb and flow depended on causes quite disconnected with me.
He talks about the economic movement, and the ebb and flow of capital; the devil knows what he means.
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.
Presumably, the dynamics can change rather quickly with the ebb and flow of events occurring far from home," he added.
In Dreamtime, to David van Teighem's stabbing music, the group staked out territory, their march having the ebb and flow of an obstinate tide.
But in all these works, a rivulet runs through it, a perpetual bathing and cleansing that signifies baptism and absolution, a gradual immersion in the ebb and flow of time and memory.
So rather than point to one particular area, I think it's just part of the ebb and flow of the season.
The ebb and flow of certain grades of ferrous scrap is certainly one indicator, especially if one concludes that most material being shredded comes from the obsolete stream.
The usual sensibility used in the production of her songs was notably absent: the structure and story line, the ebb and flow of her sound.
7 billion years, this artistic depiction of 2005 represents the lunar phases, the ebb and flow of tides, the ratio of sunlight to darkness, the positions of stars and planets depending on the time of year, and the behavior of vegetation and animal life.
Either way I like to see the ebb and flow of opinions from day to day.
Without increasing expense loads, carriers are virtually stuck, unable to shift with the ebb and flow of the hard and soft markets.