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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.Stopping fires

(FEELING)

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