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damp down

1. To moisten something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "damp" and "down." I have to damp down my hair before combing it, or else it just sticks straight up.
2. To make a fire or flame less intense. A noun or pronoun can be used between "damp" and "down." The room's getting too hot now, so damp down the fire.
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damp something down

 
1. Lit. to make something damp. Damp the clothes down before you iron them, Please damp down the clothes first.
2. Fig. to reduce the intensity of a flame, usually by cutting down on the air supply, as with a damper. Please damp the woodstove down. Damp down the air supply or you are going to end up with a raging inferno.
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FIRE BATTLE: Fire crews attempt to damp down the fire on the roof of the building using an aerial platform Picture: PHILIP MUSCART; DAMAGE: A firefighter sprays the inside of the old Sayers factory, Lorenzo Drive Picture: RICHARD WILLIAMS
Left: Firemen damp down the ruins of Moseley Street after the raid of October 25-26.
Crews stayed at the building all night and were set to go back today to continue to damp down the bales, which were still smouldering.
BLAZE BATTLE: Firefighters (above and right) damp down the fire in Birkenhead
They went for more water to damp down the embers but when they returned the found a Maestro car ablaze.
Busy: Fire crews damp down woodland in Kinver after the blaze spread during the hot weather.
Five fire crews were called to the scene and used hose reels to damp down the bails and to protect neighbouring buildings and equipment.
Firefighters were last night still trying to tackle and damp down the blaze, which caused smoke to billow along the coast.
Mr Powell also tried to damp down talk that the US would be prepared to "go it alone" to overthrow dictator Saddam Hussein.
Continue to ventilate, damp down and shade as necessary.