stem the tide

Definition of stem the tide

  1. :  to stop something from continuing and increasing —+ of We have to do something to stem the tide of violence.

Word by Word Definitions

stemplay
  1. :  the main trunk of a plant

    :  a primary plant axis that develops buds and shoots instead of roots

    :  a plant part (as a branch, petiole, or stipe) that supports another (as a leaf or fruit)

  1. :  to make headway against (as an adverse tide, current, or wind)

    :  to check or go counter to (something adverse)

  1. :  to remove the stem from

    :  to make stems for (as artificial flowers)

    :  to occur or develop as a consequence :  have or trace an origin

  1. :  to stop or dam up (as a river)

    :  to stop or check by or as if by damming

    :  stanch

  1. :  check, dam

    :  an act or instance of stemming on skis

tideplay
  1. :  a space of time :  period

    :  a fit or opportune time :  opportunity

    :  an ecclesiastical anniversary or festival

  1. :  to flow as or in a tide :  surge

    :  to cause to float with or as if with the tide

  1. :  betide, befall


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