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stanch

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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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They are littered with garbage and still stanching water has made them impassable.
Summary: World stock markets and the euro rose sharply on Friday after European leaders hammered out a strategy aimed at stanching an escalating financial crisis among the 17 countries that use the euro.
In his first speech to Congress, President Obama last night had the challenge of persuading the American people that expanding health care programs, stimulating the economy by spending trillions of borrowed dollars and stanching federal red ink all can be achieved.