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Extinguish (a fire or light)‘he sent her and Peter back to dout the fire’
douse, put out, quench, stamp out, smother, beat out, dampen down
- ‘Well they douted the light and they said goodnight to the landlord then they made their way home.’
A cigarette end.‘he inserts the dout off-centre between his lips’
- ‘He shuffled his way around the streets dragging his right leg behind him, a bit like "the mummy" in the old movies, puffing away at a dowt he had picked up in the gutter and wearing a cloth cap and raggy clothes.’
Early 16th century (as a verb): contraction of do out. The noun dates from the 1940s.
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