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Meaning of damage control

dam'age control"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a department or group, as aboard a naval vessel, responsible for taking action to control damage caused by fire, collision, etc.
  2. any efforts, as by a company, to curtail losses, counteract unfavorable publicity, etc.
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