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staunch

adjective uk   /stɔːntʃ/ us    /stɑːntʃ/
always loyal in supporting a person, organization, or set of beliefs or opinions: a staunch friend and ally He gained a reputation as being a staunch defender/supporter of civil rights.
staunchness
noun [U] uk   /ˈstɔːntʃ.nəs/ us    /ˈstɑːntʃ-/

staunch

verb [T] uk   /stɔːntʃ/ us    /stɑːntʃ/ (US also stanch)
to stop something happening, or to stop liquid, especially blood, from flowing out: The country's asylum laws were amended to staunch the flow/flood of economic migrants. Mike pressed hard on the wound and staunched the flow of blood.
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