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put (one's) finger in the dyke

To make a small effort or action to mitigate the damage or spread of something unpleasant, undesirable, or dangerous. There appears to be a huge cash flow problem. It's not just a matter of putting our fingers in the dyke; we'll need to completely overhaul our monthly expenses to keep us from going bankrupt. We can't just keep putting our fingers in the dyke every time there's a security breach like this; we need to figure out how hackers keep getting into the system.
See also: dyke, finger, put

put (one's) stamp on (something)

To do or produce something in a way that demonstrates one's unique style, influence, or interpretation. Though he only produced the film, it's clear that the auteur director put his stamp on it. The new CEO has made it clear she intends to put her own stamp on the company. The novel is the author's attempt to put his stamp on Shakespeare's Hamlet.
See also: on, put, stamp

put your finger in the dyke

attempt to stem the advance of something undesirable which threatens to overwhelm you. informal
This expression stems from the story of a small Dutch boy who saved his community from flooding by placing his finger in a hole in a dyke.
See also: dyke, finger, put


and dyke
n. a lesbian; a bulldiker. (Rude and derogatory.) Who’s the dike in the cowboy boots?


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Power Metals) has completed a 30-hole, 3,000 metre diamond drill program on the Northeast Dyke at its Case Lake Property near Cochrane, Ontario.
The source said the defendant told the court he had not intended to kill Dykes and that Dykes had regained consciousness during the incident and managed to escape his car.
The opposition leader directed the Commissioner Sukkur to immediately start a survey of houses on the dykes of canals and also remove all encroachments without any discrimination.
The granites occur in stocks, bosses and dykes that are accompanied by felsic to mafic dykes, and rhyolite plugs (Kazmi and Khan, 1973; Butt et al.
A man makes dyke around a retail shop in Jalle, Bor county, 14 Aug.
Feeder dykes rise through the lithospheric mantle beneath the fissures and are exposed after overlying basalt has been removed by later uplift and erosion, so the connection of particular source dykes with remaining flood basalts may no longer be obvious (McHone 1996).
Dykes had been keeping the boy, Ethan, in a storm shelter since last Tuesday after abducting him from a school bus and shooting dead the driver.
Dykes, 65, shot schoolbus driver Chuck Poland last week after Poland tried to stop Dykes from carrying out his threat of killing all the children in the vehicle, police said.
Ready to head back to the United States, Dykes moved to San Francisco.
Dykes won one, halved one and lost one of his three singles.
Attached is a photo of some of the 2006 organizing members of the San Francisco (emphasis added) Dykes on Bikes Women's Motorcycle Contingent.
Dykes on Bikes have attempted to patent their name three years in a row now, and have been denied every time.
Samples from the newly discovered Trill Offset Dyke consist of 1.
Basalt flows, dykes, and sills signify critical events on rifted margins and in the evolution of many sedimentary basins and, where they can be dated, allow time calibration of basin evolution.