stamp out

To stamp out something is to end it. You might have learned at summer camp how to stamp out a fire, or to put it out quickly by stepping on it.

To stamp out a campfire is to extinguish it, or put it out; to stamp out something figuratively means the same thing. For example, a teacher might try to stamp out her students' collective anger about a difficult pop quiz, or a dictator might stamp out any hint of revolution in his country. This common verb was first used in the mid-1850's, originally in the sense of "put out a fire."

Definitions of stamp out
1

v end or extinguish by forceful means

Stamp out poverty!”
Synonyms:
kill
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.