to abate a smoky chimney


Senior Member
Russian - Russia
Could you tell me the meaning of abate in the following sentence?

'I wonder what they had done to him to stir him up like that. Probably fined him five quid for failing to abate a smoky chimney.' (Aunts Aren't Gentlemen by P.G. Wodehouse)

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  • Vronsky

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    Russian - Russia
    It means to reduce the smoke escaping out of the chimney.

    (I hope you enjoy the book. Wodehouse is one of my favourite writers. :))
    Thank you. I've liked the dialogues in the book, but I'm afraid this book will cause me to post lots of questions on the forum :)
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