- to lower or take in (a sail, mast, or the like) suddenly.
- to slacken (a line) suddenly.
- to stow quickly.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dousedouse , dowse
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How to use douse in a sentence
Another douse of fuel on the fire was the Council president vote, which happened in December after the new City Council was sworn in.VOSD Podcast: Happy V-Day (Vaccines and Vacation Rentals, That Is)|Nate John|February 12, 2021|Voice of San Diego
They climb onto the bar and dance while the cocktail waitresses douse them with water guns.And the Wiener Is…My Trip to Brooklyn’s Smallest Penis Pageant|Tessa Miller|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Douse the whole thing with some olive oil and add Himalayan pink sea salt to taste.Four Fatty (But Healthy!) Power Meals to Fuel Your Day|Ari Meisel|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was fear of cancer and a douse of hypochondria that brought me to 23andMe in the first place.23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free|Charles C. Johnson|February 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So where did 14-year-old Shaaliver Douse get the 9mm pistol he was holding when the NYPD shot him to death?
Fourteen years later, two rookie cops heard gunfire and saw a now 14-year-old Douse coming toward them, that very gun in hand.
For several nights they advised me to "cut out the higher education, douse that light and come to bed."The Iron Puddler|James J. Davis
They had but to lie close and to douse the lights (which they were quick to do) and their safety was assured.
"Douse my top-lights but that's the truth," said the mate, making an effort with his confined hands to salute his officer.Frank Before Vicksburg|Harry Castlemon
The second douse was flung quickly; he became confused, rushed into the captain's berth, believing he was making his way on deck.The Shellback's Progress|Walter Runciman
To that end an occasional little douse of civil war will be a helpful expedient.The Galley Slave's Ring|Eugne Sue