put out a fire

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put out a fire (third-person singular simple present puts out a fire, present participle putting out a fire, simple past and past participle put out a fire)

  1. (idiomatic) To address a problem, especially an unexpected one caused by the incompetence, negligence, or misconduct of another person.
    The manager had to put out the fire after a raw hamburger was served to a customer.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: put out a fire.