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The patient’s strength ebbed away.
  decline — typically gradually as with the height of the tide
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  • The patient’s strength ebbed away.
  • The tides ebbed at noon.
  • By this time the tide was beginning to ebb, and the ship was swinging round to her anchor.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • His mother was a witch; and one so strong
    That could control the moon, make flows and ebbs,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest

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  • The thunder ebbed.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • So long as he walked four miles an hour, he pumped that blood, willy-nilly, to the surface; but now it ebbed away and sank down into the recesses of his body.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • (his violence ebbing away into defeat as quickly as it flooded) You’re right.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • Although her relations with Atticus and Jem had reached their lowest ebb ("You’re downright addled these days, Jean Louise," her father had said.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Three faces blooming together like flowers on a single stem, names ebbing away from me, a single word: love.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Not a wave coming in, rolling over me, but the ebb of the sea returning: a sense of something pulling away, and me with it.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • After a couple of beers, he was only just feeling the acidic rush of fear ebb away.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I missed the ebb and flow of seasons, the way things changed.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • With the blade in her hand, her heartbeat ebbed slowly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • His embrace comforts me and the fear ebbs a little.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I realized that the anxiety that had held me in its grip all day was slowly ebbing away with every one of Will’s comments.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I could already feel my strength ebbing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • My anticipation at having my own book ebbed to a sinking disappointment.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Mostly he stayed seated at the water’s edge, letting the surf froth up and then ebb around his soft white legs, except for when his father coaxed him into a game of paddle ball or a ride on a raft.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Or in the massed prayers of all the Jacks who have gone before us, that at our lowest ebb, we are given this.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • It glowed and ebbed and seemed to fill too much space to be a regular light source.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • The bar had a neon sign that sputtered with each ebb and flow of the unreliable electrical supply.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • One night after she’d come to sleep in my bed I woke up in the very early morning, the nighttime shadows ebbing off our walls.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • For about thirty seconds it was nice reflecting on the ebb and flow of the tide over centuries, and how its progress had been marked and studied by Nelson at Trafalgar, Drake, and Leif Ericsson.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • As I walk with Uhmma now, her hand grasped firmly in mine, I can feel the strength that was there in our childhood ebbing away.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • I didn’t recognize the song, but I recognized David Gilmour’s voice, and the ebb and flow of Pink Floyd’s synthesizers.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I was grateful for that if for nothing else, since my youth, I felt, was at its lowest ebb.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • I closed my eyes, feeling the ebbing blood begin to throb in my temples again.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The pain ebbs, giving me enough strength to make it to the metal bench.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Nor people with their lives ebbing away.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • A ritual, a spell of balancing— and banishing at the moment dal, holds longest then slides into its ebbing.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • It faded slowly, ebbing like the tide.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • As I explain our situation, his initial agitation mysteriously ebbs.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The life was ebbing out of him, and I could see this powerful super-athlete growing weaker by the second.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He listened intently to the ebb and flow of these sounds.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Something ebbed from his stunned admiration.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The creek and I. Flowing, ebbing, receding.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • Somewhere her mother’s chances were ebbing away, moment by moment, second by second.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The grip of his limbs tightened again, but the pain had ebbed away and the trembling had stopped, leaving him merely weak and cold.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Tally trudged ahead, exhaustion taking over now that they were safely out of the city, her confidence ebbing with every step.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • He blew his nose on a corner of the filthy pillowcase he wore, looking so pathetic that Harry felt his anger ebb away in spite of himself.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • I had pulled down as far as Greenwich with the ebb tide, and had turned with the tide.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He will not come in time; I feel my life fast ebbing.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Morale there was ebbing rapidly, and Dunbar was under surveillance.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Ron floated, unconscious, a few inches above the lake bottom, drifting a little in the ebb of the water.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • There was a long line of hogs, with squeals and lifeblood ebbing away together; until at last each started again, and vanished with a splash into a huge vat of boiling water.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • At first my mouth and throat were parched, and my strength ebbed sensibly.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Sensitive to the ebb and flow of teenage romance, Ed often chose slow songs to get a couple back together.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Brother, it ebbs from my flank and side.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • Not that it absolves me, but I was a young man, Mr. Markos, eager to take on the world, full of dreams, modest and vague as they may have been, and I pictured my youth ebbing away, my prospects increasingly truncated.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
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