Definition of tide someone over in English:

tide someone over

phrasal verb

  • Help someone through a difficult period, especially with financial assistance.

    ‘she needed a small loan to tide her over’
    • ‘In the meantime, Boyle also asked for another loan to tide him over.’
    • ‘For the landed gentry, it was usually a snack to tide you over between luncheon and a late dinner.’
    • ‘To tide him over financially, he took a job with a radio station, and found that he had a natural flair for the microphone and he soon hosted his own show on Talk Radio.’
    • ‘But here's a little something to tide you over for a bit.’
    • ‘‘My husband took redundancy last year and that helped tide us over,’ she said.’
    • ‘We need to get the resources where we can to tide us over until the nurses come through the system.’
    • ‘Mr Keating, who has two teenage children, says the minimum payouts he and his fellow employees will receive will only tide them over while they look for another job.’
    • ‘I knew that I had food in the case, as we always pack some to tide us over until we find a food shop.’
    • ‘The pre-Christmas shopping frenzy shifts into high gear this week, with many families relying on their credit cards to tide them over this expensive period.’
    • ‘This is to tide them over for a period, unless they get work.’
    sustain, keep someone going, keep someone's head above water, see someone through
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