One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a mob doused the thieves with petrol’
drench, soak, souse, saturate, drown, flood, inundate, deluge, wet, splash, slosh, hose down
2‘a guard doused the flames with a fire extinguisher’
extinguish, put out, quench, stamp out, smother, beat out, dampen down
blow out, snuff out
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