put your finger in the dyke






put your finger in the dyke

attempt to stem the advance of something undesirable which threatens to overwhelm you – informal

This expression stems from the story of a small Dutch boy who saved his community from flooding by placing his finger in a hole in a dyke.


RELATED IDIOMS :


dyed in the wool

(of a person) completely and permanently fixed in a particular belief or opinion

Inveterate

If yarn is dyed in the raw state, it produces a more even and permanent colour.




to your dying day

for the rest of your life

1967 - George Mackay Brown - A Calendar of Love - This one always was and ever will be to his dying day a garrulous long-winded old man.




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