put out fires

put out fires

To deal with emergencies or urgent matters rather than ordinary day-to-day tasks. I spent so much time today putting out fires with our suppliers that I didn't even have a chance to read my emails.
See also: fire, out, put
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Today's rain will be welcomed by firefighters across the region who have been working relentlessly to put out fires of this nature over the last few weeks.
The crews did not put out fires that were supervised by an adult and posed no threat to property.