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1. A derogatory and highly offensive term for a woman who is masculine in appearance and/or sensibility. Typically used of lesbians who exhibit such traits.
2. A reclaimed term (see Definition 1) used by homosexuals for a woman who is masculine in appearance and/or sensibility. Typically used of lesbians who exhibit such traits. Yeah, I'm a dyke who's attracted to femmes.

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. He's putting his finger in the dyke, but he really needs to completely overhaul his monthly expenses to keep from going bankrupt. We can't just keep putting our fingers in the dyke every time there's a security breach—we need to figure out how hackers keep getting into the system.
See also: dyke, finger, put

put (one's) stamp on (something)

To demonstrate one's unique style or interpretation in the production of something or by influencing or changing something. 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017


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


See dike
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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This study analyzed the chronology and geochemistry of the E-W trending diorite porphyritic dyke and the near N~S trending fine grain dioritic dyke (cut across by former) exposed in Xigaze fore-arc basin zone.
Members of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust have excavated part of the dyke at Chirk Castle, in Wrexham, in a rare opportunity to find out more about it.
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Former Marine Sherrie Van Dyke and her sister Wendy Elias run "A Celebration of Crafts" from their home in Entiat.
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Our main purpose is to describe the locations, petrography, whole-rock chemistry, and age of the Christmas Cove Dyke, and to compare it to previously described tholeiitic dykes and basalts in the region.
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.
FBI agents monitoring the lair, four feet down in Dykes' Alabama garden, say they are "in constant communication" with the kidnapper, who is being likened to the troubled former serviceman of the Rambo movies.
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.
Prior to joining nanoMR, Dykes served as chief scientific officer and executive vice president at OpGen Inc.
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.
Samples from the newly discovered Trill Offset Dyke consist of 1.61 percent nickel and 1.03 percent copper, with 2.41 grams of platinum per tonne, 5.92 g of palladium per tonne and 0.77 g of gold per tonne.
--Reviewed by Antoinette Dykes Antoinette Dykes is the food and living editor for The Harlem Times in New York City and a freelance writer.