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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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References in classic literature ?
The sea of people is coming this way, and we shall find a difficulty in stemming the tide.
And he finds that the initiative, far from stemming the tide of extinction engulfing the planet, has seemingly got some of its priorities wrong.
AMERICA ON NOTICE: STEMMING THE TIDE OF ANTI-AMERICANISM tells how a new program can be developed to create a more positive attitude toward America, thus deterring terrorism.
Our homeland security demands the swift restoration of these important sweeps if we are to have a fighting chance of stemming the tide of criminals into our country.
We are already awash with products from China and for Alf to start talking about stemming the tide has a Canute-like ring to it, but as a manufacturing nation our backs are increasingly being pushed up against the wall and it is time to fight back.
The Luddites engaged in acts of confrontation and sabotage against the new textiles factories, but were ultimately unsuccessful in stemming the tide of industrialization that swept England, and then the rest of the world.
Folks at the Montana Meth Project have made great progress in stemming the tide and we are working closely with them to bring this effective program to Idaho.
With workers' compensation claims filed by city employees soaring to $120 million annually, the Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to order personnel officials to develop a plan for stemming the tide.
Sting operations performed two full months ahead of the IEMA's self-imposed deadline indicated a statistically-significant shift -- a 20% year-on-year reduction, in retailers stemming the tide.
The roundtable panel, including Spamhaus, the Direct Marketing Association and the DTI, agreed that while education and legislation were vital, effort to date had only minimal impact in stemming the tide, and technology remained our best defense against spam.
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Attachmate's commitment to become part of BSA's global campaigns will further strengthen our ability to succeed in stemming the tide of software theft that costs upwards of $11.