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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TIDAL BORE

The phenomenon of the tidal bore is sometimes seen on the Humber.

This had been in comparatively quiet water all the way, with nothing much to look out for save the tidal bore at the lower end.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English borian "to bore through, perforate," from bor "auger," from Proto-Germanic *buron (cf. Old Norse bora, Swedish borra, Old High German boron, Middle Dutch boren, German bohren), from PIE root *bher- (2) "to cut with a sharp point, pierce, bore" (cf. Greek pharao "I plow," Latin forare "to bore, pierce," Old Church Slavonic barjo "to strike, fight," Albanian brime "hole").

The meaning "diameter of a tube" is first recorded 1570s; hence figurative slang full bore (1936) "at maximum speed," from notion of unchoked carburetor on an engine. Sense of "be tiresome or dull" first attested 1768, a vogue word c.1780-81 according to Grose; possibly a figurative extension of "to move forward slowly and persistently," as a boring tool does.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TIDAL BORE

tidal wave

noungiant sea wave
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