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 for To bank up a fire
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bank \Bank\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banked(b[a^][ng]kt); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Banking.]
     1. To raise a mound or dike about; to inclose, defend, or
        fortify with a bank; to embank. "Banked well with earth."
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     2. To heap or pile up; as, to bank sand.
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     3. To pass by the banks of. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     4. (Engineering) To build (a roadway or railroad) with an
        inclination at a curve in the road, so as to counteract
        centrifugal forces acting on vehicles moving rapiudly
        around the curve, thus reducing the danger of vehicles
        overturning at a curve; as, the raceway was steeply banked
        at the curves.
     To bank a fire, To bank up a fire, to cover the coals or
        embers with ashes or cinders, thus keeping the fire low
        but alive.
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