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stanch

(stŏnch) [O.Fr. estanche, firm]
To stop the flow of blood from a wound.
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According to BNA, the estimate refutes the argument in favor of direct subsidies to farmers, in exchange for removing import tariffs and other barriers to trade, as falling "grossly" short of stanching the contraction of Japanese agriculture.
But instead of stanching the tide of defections to the GOP, Democrats allowed them to continue into the 1970s and 1980s.