Pour contenir et canaliser

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english uk
Would this phrase be appropraite in an essay, and if so, what exactly does it mean? i found it on a website, and just wanted to check it was correct

it is a set phrase for french essays, so i'm afraid there's no context
Pour contenir et canaliser [le sujet], ...
  • ufoseeker

    Senior Member
    France Français
    It means "to contain (xxx) and prevent it to overflow" It's an image to say that a crowd (for example) is contained (no violence)

    Dr. Baha'i

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    To contain and channel the energies...

    The verb canalize/canalise also exists in English but is less common than to channel, which means the same thing.
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