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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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He was either incompetent and took Britain to war on a misunderstanding or he lied when he told the House of Commons he didn't know what the 45-minute claim [in the dossier] meant," Mr Dyke said.
The samples are from a section of the Dyke near Chirk which happens also to be close to the older but similar earthwork we know as Wat''s Dyke.
Fuzzy logic is just another way of coming up with the tuning constants," says Dyke.
In the midst of this energy and promise, Van Dyke gives his atypical account.
The appointment of Mr Dyke - who saved GMTV by introducing Roland Rat to television - has been condemned by the Conservatives, who claim he is a "crony" of Labour leader Tony Blair.
It has been a tedious job to repair to repair the dyke every year before the rainy season, and meeting the cost is not easy," he said.
Eugene police confirmed that Van Dyke was the person to make the initial 911 call, but a department spokeswoman said she couldn't confirm other elements of his account Saturday because the case remained open.
We're supportive of Roy Hodgson, we've asked him to stay as manager," Dyke said.
Certainly the dyke was built to make a statement about the power of the kingdom of Mercia.
The victim of the assault, Lee Hirst was already on the ground following punches by DyKe when a doorman witnessed him stamp on his head near the junction of Northumberland Street and Byram Street.
Un grand dyke de tholeiite remontant a lere Mesozo'ique precoce a ete cartographie de facon discontinue sur 190 km sur la cote du Sud du Maine, aux Etats-Unis.
NEW FA chairman Greg Dyke will miss England's crunch game in Ukraine tomorrow - because of a business meeting.
NEW Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has set England the task of winning the 2022 World Cup.
ACTOR Dick Van Dyke cheated death after his sports car burst into flames.
FORMER BBC director general Greg Dyke is set to become the new chairman of the Football Association.