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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.
See also: damp, down
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We are damping down the area and expect to be here for at least another day.
Huddersfield crews spent around 90 minutes at the scene tackling the fire and then damping down.
Firefighters were still at the scene this morning damping down the embers.
The fire was brought under control early today, but some crews have remained at the scene, damping down.
Firefighters managed to contain it quickly and spent two hours damping down the scene.
We will be here all day damping down and possibly tomorrow," added Mr Hayward.
Crews were still damping down yesterday morning after the blaze broke out at the Whitefurz premises in Burnsall Road, Canley, Coventry, just before 10pm on Thursday.
After bringing the fire under control fire crews spent several hours damping down the area before carrying out an investigation to determine the cause.
Crews from Batley are still damping down at the waste transfer station at Ravenswharfe Road, Dewsbury.
Crews stayed at the scene for two hours damping down the fire.
Fire crews from Northfield and Kings Norton spent the evening damping down the garages.
A spokesman for Durham fire service said: "We were unable to get to the seat of the fire as it was continually smouldering and we had to spend several hours at the scene damping down.
No-one was thought to have been trapped or injured and crews remained at the scene for more than an hour damping down.
Firefighters were last night damping down after fire tore through a large storage unit.
Fire crews were last nightstill damping down after the biggest blaze for five years broke out on the Malvern Hills on Tuesday morning as a result of the dry weather.