One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the fire had to be extinguished’
douse, put out, quench, stamp out, smother, beat out, dampen down
blow out, snuff out
2‘the Liberal majority was extinguished by 1910’
destroy, end, finish off, put an end to, put a stop to, bring to an end, terminate, remove, annihilate, wipe out, wipe off the face of the earth, wipe off the map, erase, eliminate, eradicate, obliterate, liquidate, expunge, abolish, exterminate, kill, extirpate, obscure, suppress, disrupt, undo, upset
informal take out, rub out, snuff out
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