stem the tide

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stem the tide

To stop something from continuing or worsening. Once the people turn on you, you'll have a hard time stemming the tide of rebellion.
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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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stem the tide

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stem the flow

COMMON If you stem the tide or stem the flow of something bad which is happening to a large degree, you start to control and stop it. The authorities seem powerless to stem the rising tide of violence. The cut in interest rates has done nothing to stem the flow of job losses.
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ˌstem the ˈtide (of something)

stop the large increase of something bad: The police are unable to stem the rising tide of crime.
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It normally takes up to a year to process requests, but it is understood justice officials were keen to send out a strong message in a bid to stem the flow of refugees into Ireland.
The program, using intelligent pull technology, lets users stem the flow of unwanted data and intelligently invite resources onto the system.
Thomas said he hoped his decision would "help stem the flow of outstanding natural talent to England.
We put this new feature in place this year to stem the flow of fraudulent refunds being claimed," according to Wright.
B ulgaria has asked for e1/4160m aid from the European Commission to help it protect its borders and stem the flow of migrants and refugees into the country, deputy prime minister Rumiana Bachvarova said on Friday.
Turkey has demanded Europe hands over an additional [euro]3billion as the price of helping to stem the flow of refugees heading across the Aegean.
35 billion deal brokered between the European Union and Turkey to encourage the government in Ankara to stem the flow of migrants into Europe has been branded "flawed and potentially dangerous" amid talk of its imminent failure.
Ministers will be seeking to stem the flow through Greece, where authorities are struggling to contain the crossings by boat from Turkey.
When asked about the lack of progress made by the EU in securing funding pledged to Turkey as part of a deal made in November 2015 to stem the flow of refugees, even though Turkey has kept up its part of the agreement, Steinmeier said Turkey has yet to entirely implement the terms of the deal.
The goal of this [action plan] is to stem the flow.
He added: "The United States would like better than to Turkey's border with Syria control, which may help stem the flow of foreign militants, and is willing to join the Turkish troops and air strikes on the ground as needed" .
Summary: Turkey will help stem the flow of migrants to Europe in return for cash, visas and renewed talks on joining the EU in a deal struck Sunday.
BRISBANE, Australia -- Anti-corruption advocates want G-20 countries to stem the flow of illicit money across borders by introducing public registers that reveal the people who ultimately own, control, or benefit from a business but use shell companies to hide their identities and avoid tax.
The government has been trying to control foreign currency to stem the flow of its falling cash reserves, inflation is incredibly high at 40% and it defaulted on its debt for the second time in July.
BORKOR was created by the government of now-opposition GERB (2009-2013) and was assigned the vital task to stem the flow on a number of large-scale corruption schemes, but also instances of fraud at a local level.