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English definition of “damp sth down”

damp sth down

verb uk phrasal verb with damp   /dæmp/ us  

(FIRE)

to make a fire burn more slowly: Water was pumped from a nearby lake in an attempt to damp down the flames.

(FEELING)

to make a strong feeling be felt less strongly: He had tried to damp down speculation about the state of his marriage.
(Definition of damp sth down from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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