EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DOUSE

Jack was about to douse the light, but Hemming told him to let it burn on.

I mind a sentence in it that must have been a douse of cauld watter—toch!

If I could only lay in a crick—roll in it—douse my face in it—soak my clothes in it!

Douse your glim, mate; we'll be having them Zeppelins all over us.

Douse my to'-gallant top-lights but we'll have a skirmish now sure.

It was in payment of the fees in the great case of Parsons and Douse and some other matters.

Let us be shocked; it is a wholesome shock, like the douse of the sea, or the buffet of the wind.

My mind was too much occupied by the "Dead Man's Douse" for that.

It was a hells-bells-jingler of a rapid, that one above the "Douse."

But aren't you going to see me through the Dead Man's Douse?

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, "to strike, punch," which is perhaps from Middle Dutch dossen "beat forcefully" or a similar Low German word.

Meaning "to strike a sail in haste" is recorded from 1620s; that of "to extinguish (a light)" is from 1785; perhaps influenced by dout (1520s), an obsolete contraction of do out (cf. doff, don). OED regards the meaning "to plunge into water, to throw water over" (c.1600) as a separate word, of unknown origin, though admitting there may be a connection of some sort. Related: Doused; dousing.

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