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English definition of “damp sth down”

damp sth down

(FIRE) phrasal verb with damp     /dæmp/ verb
to make a fire burn more slowly : Water was pumped from a nearby lake in an attempt to damp down the flames .Stopping fires
(Definition of damp sth down (FIRE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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