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put out a/the fire

1. Literally, to extinguish a fire. The firemen were able to put out the fire before too much damage was done to our house.
2. To deal with an emergency or urgent matter rather than ordinary day-to-day tasks. I spent so much time today putting out a fire with our supplier that I didn't even have a chance to read my emails.
See also: fire, out, put
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However, no injuries were reported in either case.Firefighters were able to put out the fire with the help of residents in the Wilayat of Bausher.
At Esmond Street, a man suffered smoke inhalation while trying to put out the fire, which left his kitchen heavily damaged.
It took more than two hours to put out the fires but when Alistair went back to the scene later he saw the train returning.
Along with Ashington's Red Watch, crews from Blyth and Morpeth were called to help put out the fires while an engine from Alnwick was also put on standby and dispatched to the town.