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Hello everyone,

What does "going out" mean in the following sentence?

I carried the little boat down to the water, and with some difficulty, climbed in. The tide had changed was going out.

Source; Treasure Island, Chapter; How my sea adventure began

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Joseph AI carried the little boat down to the water, and with some difficulty, climbed in. The tide had changed was going out.

Something has gone wrong with the second sentence. I searched the text of the book but I can't find this part. Possibly it should read "The tide had changed and was going out". Anyway, "The tide ... was going out" means that the water was receding, or ebbing. The "tide" is the twice-daily fluctuation in the level of the sea. (Opposite of "going out" is "coming in".)

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Thank you, GPY.

You're right. I missed out "and".