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stanch the blood flow
  stop the flow of a liquid
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stanch stanched stanching
Strongly Associated with:   staunch
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Word Confusion:  Stanch and staunch are sometimes used interchangeably, but "stopping the flow of liquid" is the typical meaning of stanch and the preferred word to express this meaning.
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  • stanch the blood flow
  • One arm is splayed out uselessly while she paws at her shoulder with the other, trying to stanch the sluggish pulse of blood draining out of her.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Down below me, Boney put her fingers between her eyebrows as if stanching a headache.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The blood was still coming, though in tiny rivulets, and as I had nothing to stanch it with I unbuttoned the cuff of my work shirt and she nodded that I go ahead.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • My legs are running with blood—I had to stanch the flow with Mum’s dressing gown.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • Cold water and a bandage had finally stanched the blood, though not the old man’s outrage.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I was reaching for the remains of my slip, intending to use it to stanch the flow, when he laughed.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He stanched it with a towel.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Louie kept his hand on Phil’s head, stanching the bleeding.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He knew he couldn’t overpower Woody, so he told him that he needed to change the paper towel stanching his wound.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore

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  • He was—nay, probably may still be—a Bonapartist, and is called Noirtier; I, on the contrary, am a stanch royalist, and style myself de Villefort.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I let every juicy morsel of anger and bitterness well up inside me, making no attempt to stanch any of it.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Right now, in surgery, the doctors have to remove my spleen, insert a new tube to drain my collapsed lung, and stanch whatever else might be causing the internal bleeding.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Once I fell headlong and cut my face; I lost no time in stanching the blood, but jumped up and ran on, with a warm trickle down my cheek and chin.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • CYRANO (quickly, whispering into Christian’s ear, while Roxane distractedly tears a piece of linen from his breast, which she dips into the water, trying to stanch the bleeding): I told her all.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Autolykos’ tall sons took up the wounded, working skillfully over the Prince Odysseus to bind his gash, and with a rune they stanched the dark flow of blood.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Hoping to stanch my decline, I resolved to rest, gobble ibuprofen, and force down as many calories as possible in that time.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The doctor had hitherto been a stanch Whig; but now he exerted all his energies for the defeat of Mr. Sands.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • In any event, we have to stanch your bleeding.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • His hand trembles; it is not a very good job, and he cuts himself three or four times, stanching the blood with the cold water until it stops.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Moving him was out of the question until the flow was stanched.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I ached for him even more without Manolito in my arms to stanch the yearning.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • The minister, who inclined strongly to abolitionist views, was quite doubtful whether such a step might not tend somewhat to encourage the southerners in holding on to their slaves; while the doctor, who was a stanch colonizationist, inclined to the opinion that Miss Ophelia ought to go, to show the Orleans people that we don’t think hardly of them, after all.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He held one hand at his midsection to stanch the flow.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Little Jimmie was striving to stanch the flow of blood from his cut lips.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Her nosebleed was stanched with gauze, her punctured lip was cleansed.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • When all the costs were totaled, various American agencies had spent about a billion dollars stanching the outbreak.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Yet if I knew What hoop should hold us stanch, from edge to edge O’ the world, I would pursue it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • They had no tools to stanch a fire, and no plan at all for what they might do to put out a chemical inferno.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Leonela, as he told her, stanched her lady’s blood, which was no more than sufficed to support her deception; and washing the wound with a little wine she bound it up to the best of her skill, talking all the time she was tending her in a strain that, even if nothing else had been said before, would have been enough to assure Anselmo that he had in Camilla a model of purity.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I knew that a black neighbor of mine was stealing bags of grain from a wholesale house where he worked, though he was a stanch deacon in his church and prayed and sang on Sundays.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Such is the sleight of hand by which we juggle with ourselves, and change our very weaknesses into stanch and most magnanimous virtues!
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She did, he said, make certain signs upon the wound, and repeated certain mysterious words, which he blessed God he understood not, when the iron head of a square cross-bow bolt disengaged itself from the wound, the bleeding was stanched, the wound was closed, and the dying man was, within a quarter of an hour, walking upon the ramparts, and assisting the witness in managing a mangonel, or machine for hurling stones.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • They think howsever I don’t suspect their designs, I do believe, but one that has lived so long among men of red-skin gifts, is no more likely to be misled in Injin feelin’s, than a true hunter is like to lose his trail, or a stanch hound his scent.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • The author and others had an organization, called Partners In Health, which wasn’t just trying to build a little clinic as Deo once had in Sangaza, but had actual projects in a Peruvian slum and in a Russian prison, projects that aimed to stanch epidemics of drug-resistant tuberculosis — to prove to the world that this could be done, and to teach the world how to do it.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • We just kept to our ministrations of Snow Flower—stripping off her pants, melting water to wash them, cleaning her thighs of bloodstains, and taking the stuffing from one of her wedding quilts to stanch the putrid ghastliness that continued to flow from between her legs—and never raised our eyes or voices to him.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Such charms were there in the voice, in the manner, and in the affable deportment of Sophia, that she ravished the landlady to the highest degree; and that good woman, concluding that she had attended Jenny Cameron, became in a moment a stanch Jacobite, and wished heartily well to the young Pretender’s cause, from the great sweetness and affability with which she had been treated by his supposed mistress.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He ripped the sleeve again, used it to stanch the wound.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • So did Claudie, snatching off her apron to stanch the flood.
    Ouida Sebestyen  --  Words by Heart
  • Is the lad stanch, and of the right blood?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The sole question that remained was how best to stanch the wound.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Major Rathbone drips blood on the carpet, trying to stanch the flow by holding tight to the injured arm.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • I gagged as I made haste to swab the mess from the poor man’s face and shoulder and stanch his seeping wound.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The plump, efficient healers gently pulled Max away while they cut away David’s shirt and worked quickly to stanch the bleeding.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • She put pressure on the cut to stanch the bleeding and went over to the sink, turned on the faucet, and thrust her hand under the stream of water.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Drawing his dagger, Roran cut a strip of cloth from the tunic ofa fallen soldier, then said, "Here!" and tied it around the stump of Baldor’s arm, stanching the bleeding.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • (Getty Images) move that forces President Kennedy to backpedal publicly on the issue of direct U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, a war that he believes is vital to stanching the worldwide spread of communism.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Your father’s lands are bleeding, and I have neither the strength nor the time to stanch the wounds.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • This said, she mounts the pile with eager haste, And in her arms the gasping queen embrac’d; Her temples chaf’d; and her own garments tore, To stanch the streaming blood, and cleanse the gore.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • It stanched their wounds and washed them clean of blood, sweat, and filth.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
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Associated words [difficulty]:   stanch [5] , staunch [3]
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