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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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Meanwhile, dacoits have stanched away cash, motorbikes, cell phones and other articles worth million of rupees from truck drivers, villagers and citizens at five different places in the district.
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Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has said days of those who contest elections on the basis of wealth and outdated feudal system were numbered, adding that the path of revolution of the rule by the poor and middle-class people cannot be stanched now in the country.