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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theysnuff out
he/she/itsnuffs out
present participlesnuffing out
past tensesnuffed out
past participlesnuffed out
  1. 2
    to make something end quickly, especially by using force

    It was the government's most brutal attempt to snuff out the rebellion.

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