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


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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stem the tide, to

To stop the course of a trend, opinion, or the like. The verb to stem, meaning to stop or restrain, comes from the Old Norse word stemma, meaning “to dam.” It would take an enormous dam to stop ocean tides, but the tide of public opinion, for example, can be checked or diverted. Thus Fred A. Paley wrote (The Tragedies of Aeschylus, 1855), “Aristophanes evidently saw the tide . . . and he vainly tried to stem it by the barrier of his ridicule.”
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There have been too many manufacturing jobs lost in Wales in recent years and it is time to stem the tide.
Shepherd, 1,000-1 at the start of the tournament, briefly threatened to stem the tide by taking the fifth and seventh sets.
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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.
Only an active, committed and stronger grassroots advocacy program can help stem the tide.
A one-month Europe-wide ban on live bird imports has been agreed to try to stem the tide of bird flu.
A one-month Europe-wide ban on live bird imports has been agreed in a bid to stem the tide of bird flu.
The report points out that government policy failed to stem the tide of rising inequality in both Canada and BC.
Many years ago, Pope John Paul II, the most respected man in the world, (and our Canadian bishops agreed) taught that "only a change of behaviour will stem the tide of AIDS.
By the novel's end, the family's dead-end stories have spiraled into the face of an evil so pure and horrific that we, the readers, must confront how to stem the tide of our children's societal neglect, poverty and racism.