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dout

(daʊt)
vb (tr)
to extinguish (a fire)
n
a person who douts
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Dout

 of wildcats: a company of wildcats. See also destruction.
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References in classic literature ?
I ain' gwyne to len' no mo' money 'dout I see de security.
It means a sewer or a covered drain of any kind, and many a child in back-street Birmingham was warned by their mom to keep clear of the drain in the yard with the order "stay away from the suff or you'll get the fever!" We might also tell someone to dout the light (do it out), and, similarly, Shakespeare used this word in the sense of extinguishing something or putting it out.
I have a speech of fire that fain would blaze, But that this folly douts it.
My friend Davie's wife Myra tries to keep him to 20 a day, but she counts the douts and often finds 24 when she gave him 20.