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- an old-fashioned metal canister with a tight lid, in which remaining coals and other fuel were put to die down.
- a metaphorical place to put ideas or facts that one wishes to keep out of the public discussion, e.g. in an attempt to evade penalties; (metonymically) cover-up
- De onderzoeksresultaten eindigden in de doofpot
- The results of the investigation were eventually covered up.