Stop the course of a trend or tendency, as in It is not easy to stem the tide of public opinion. This idiom uses stem in the sense of “stop” or “restrain.” [ Mid-1800s ]
- Stem to stern
see under from soup to nuts
noun, Skiing. 1. a turn in which a skier stems one ski in the direction to be turned and brings the other ski around so that both skis are parallel. noun 1. (skiing) a turn in which the heel of one ski is stemmed and the other ski is brought parallel Also called stem
noun 1. glass or crystal vessels, especially for beverages and desserts, having rounded bowls mounted on footed stems. noun 1. a collective term for glasses, goblets, etc, with stems
noun 1. a stemwinding watch. 2. Older Slang. something remarkable of its kind. a rousing speech, especially a stirring political address. a stirring orator.