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stanch

, staunch
a primitive form of lock in which boats are carried over shallow parts of a river in a rush of water released by the lock
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Registering an FIR in city police station Said Rehman said that they stanched their cell phones, and also took away the keys of the car and warned them did not make any move.
Dacoits pointed guns at citizens and stanched cash and other valuables from them in two different hits here the other day.
The hatches like two stanched wounds opened like trap doors.
But the Ems stanched the bleeding after that, retiring Hillsboro with runners on base in the eighth and ninth.
RAWALPINDI -- Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has said days of those who contest elections on the basis of wealth and outdated feudal system were numbered, adding that the path of revolution of the rule by the poor and middle-class people cannot be stanched now in the country.