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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.
See also: damp, down
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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We are damping down the area and expect to be here for at least another day.
Aftermath: Damping down the damaged grade II-listed building in Weston Road.
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.
There were no casualties and firefighters were damping down at the scene by 10pm.
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.
Firefighters were still damping down yesterday morning.
We used hose reel jets to cool them down." 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.
They worked through the night to bring the flames under control and were still damping down the smouldering metal yesterday afternoon.