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
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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