stem the tide


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stem the tide

to stop something from increasing This law may stem the tide of pollution of our beautiful river from the factories built along its banks.
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stem the tide

to stop something bad which is happening a lot (often + of ) We have to stem the tide of emigration if our economy is to recover. Ohio State were losing 24-48 when Jackson stepped in to stem the tide.
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stem the tide

Stop the course of a trend or tendency, as in It is not easy to stem the tide of public opinion. This idiom uses stem in the sense of "stop" or "restrain." [Mid-1800s]
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But we must stem the tide of malice, and pour into the wounded bosoms of each other the balm of sisterly consolation.
As some wooded mountain-spur that stretches across a plain will turn water and check the flow even of a great river, nor is there any stream strong enough to break through it--even so did the two Ajaxes face the Trojans and stem the tide of their fighting though they kept pouring on towards them and foremost among them all was Aeneas son of Anchises with valiant Hector.
In order to stem growing trade malpractices at the Nigerian ports, which cause huge revenue losses, the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) has reaffirmed that it will soon install advanced cargo information system, otherwise called Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) at the country's ports to stem the tide.
After letting the crisis on the border fester for over a month, Washington is still barely doing anything to stem the tide of migrant children entering our country, forcing Texas to act on its own, writes state Rep.
David Cameron is determined to stem the tide of House of Lords defeats.
The political parties entering the final few hours of canvassing are promising the sun, moon and stars to stem the tide of emigration.
Subbed at half time with the Clarets trailing 5-0, McDonald showered and went for a quiet pint as his teammates tried to stem the tide.
Even Stephen McPhail, playing his first game since returning from treatment for cancer, was unable to stem the tide as Cardiff wilted in the face of a storm and a delighted crowd of 44,028 saw substitute Lovenkrands claim a brace of his own.
They hope to stem the tide of drug trafficking and the unauthorized entry of Haitians into the DR.
FDA chief says an increase in food inspectors likely: FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach yesterday said the agency will likely increase the number of food safety inspectors, possibly placing some in foreign countries, to stem the tide of imported food coming into the United States that is contaminated with disease or foreign substances.
After years of fighting an uphill battle to protect the environment, can we put in place measures to help stem the tide of global warming?
Finally, McGavin reviews the actions that people can take now to stem the tide of destruction.
In a statement issued in preparation for the hearing, Burton stated: "We have already begun the process of working with our friends by launching the Partnership for Prosperity (P4P) and the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), but more needs to be done to stem the tide of illegal aliens into the United States in the short-term, as well as to pave the way towards a long-term, coordinated and legal immigration plan for our Hem# sphere.
The newly announced expansion of the district's vocational-education program is designed to stem the tide of dropouts, as well entice to those who have left school to return and earn their diplomas.
Coral were more cautious in initially cutting the son of Sinndar to 9-1 from 11-1 but were then inundated with enquiries and forced to slash his price to 7-1 and then 13-2 in a vain attempt to stem the tide.