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ebb and flow

1. verb To consistently increase and decrease. I wouldn't worry too much about losing money this quarter because we'll earn it back later in the year. That's just how business ebbs and flows.
2. noun A period of consistent increase and decrease. I wouldn't worry too much because we always lose money this quarter and then earn it back later in the year. It's just the natural ebb and flow of business.
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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.
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flow (from something) (to something)

to course from one thing to another. This water flows all the way from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Rain flows to the river from this very drain.

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]
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ebb and flow

COMMON The ebb and flow of something is the way that it continuously changes, especially in its amount or level. The advantage to the employer is flexibility to cope with the commercial ebb and flow. The vineyards are tucked into small clearings formed by the natural ebb and flow of the hills and the trees. Note: Ebb and flow is also used as a verb meaning to change continuously, especially in amount or level. During those thirty years the fortunes of the British film industry ebbed and flowed. Note: This expression comes from the idea of the tide ebbing and flowing (= going in and out).
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flow

in. to menstruate. She’s flowing and could go swimming.
References in classic literature ?
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.