stem the tide

stem the tide
   If people try to stem the tide, they are trying to stop something unpleasant from getting worse, usually when they don't succeed.
  (Dorking School Dictionary)
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   If you stem the tide (of events), you stop the development of something bad or undesirable.
   

The authorities seem unable to stem the rising tide of violence in schools.


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