to plug the dike [+dyke]


Senior Member
Romania romanian
Could someone explain to me what the expression "to plug the dike"
means or give me a link or something?
  • katie_here

    Senior Member
    It's in reference, I think, to The Hole in the Dike, a story about Hans Brinker by Mary Elizabeth Mapes Dodge (1831-1905), .

    Basically, it's about a small boy who saw a hole in the dike and tried to save his whole town by placing his finger in the hole. (as you know Holland was reclaimed from the sea).

    It means to make a quick repair before a larger disaster happens.

    Here is a link to the story.
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