doofpot

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Etymology[edit]

Compound of doven (to extinguish) +‎ pot (pot).

Noun[edit]

doofpot m (plural doofpotten, diminutive doofpotje n)

  1. an old-fashioned metal canister used to store and carry water used to put out fires: such canisters were used before the days of modern pressurized fire extinguishers.
  2. 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.

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