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- (obsolete, West Country) To extinguish, to destroy, to kill.
- Anonymous (1831) The Bristol Job Nott; or, Labouring Man's Friend: “[...] the Duke of Dorset charged in the list with "not known, but supposed forty thousand per year" (charitable supposition) had when formerly in office only about 3 or £4,000, and has not now, nor when the black list was printed, any office whatever -- (Much tumult, and cries of "shame" and "doust the liars")”
- Fussel, E.F. (1867) Medical Times and Gazette, page 420: “"[...] I wished the above system of drainage to be carried out, but I met with this response from an official, in many matters a man entitled to the greatest consideration:- "I found that sort of thing at a house the other day, and I soon dousted it."”
- Havergal, Francis Tebbs (1887) Herefordshire words & phrases, colloquial and archaic, about 1300 in number, current in the county: “"Him hit Jack on his head, it nearly dousted him."”
- Clynton, Richard (1889) The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer: “Look at me, mates! The glim of one of my skylights is dousted, and is battened down for ever.”
- (obsolete, West Country) To dust.
- (obsolete, mining, chiefly Cornwall) To separate dust from ore.
- Lock, Charles George Warnford (1895) Economic mining: a practical handbook for the miner, the metallurgist and the merchant: “The ore is first cobbed and classed into (a) prile, (b) best dredge, and (c) crusher dredge; a is finished product; c is crushed, jigged, and huddled; b is dousted, or, after reducing in rolls to 8-mesh, dry-sifted in fine mesh hand sieves.”