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Definition to stop the flow of a liquid (typically blood); or to stop anything that is harmful
  • stanch the blood flow
  • He ripped the sleeve again, used it to stanch the wound.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • He held one hand at his midsection to stanch the flow.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I have my sore wound, all my length of arm a-throb with lancing pain; the flow of blood cannot be stanched; my shoulder's heavy with it.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 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
  • Is the lad stanch, and of the right blood?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • 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
  • 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
  • The sole question that remained was how best to stanch the wound.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Cold water and a bandage had finally stanched the blood, though not the old man's outrage.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • 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
  • 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
  • Down below me, Boney put her fingers between her eyebrows as if stanching a headache.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • 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

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