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Everyone uses me to climb higher
Some use me to put out fires
Say, something's fishy?
Then something is a-me!
Me, the leftover from an Empire

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ I think that it is an obvious riddle despite its brevity, but if it takes a while I do have a hint ready. And yes, I realize that the limerick pacing isn't perfect $\endgroup$ – kanoo Nov 12 '18 at 16:45
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I think the answer is

Foot

Everyone uses me to climb higher

Usually climbing involves hands and feet

Some use me to put out fires

You can stamp out a small fire with your foot, e.g, crushing a cigarette

Say, something's fishy?

Possibly referring to the Red Garra foot treatment.

Then something is a-me!

The game is afoot!

Me, the leftover from an Empire

Edit: The foot is a imperial unit of linear measurement, leftover from the British Empire.

Original: The southern part of Italy is often described as shaped like a boot so maybe the leftover part of the Roman Empire could be described as the "foot".

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    $\begingroup$ Foot is correct. I like the reasoning for the fishy line, I meant it just as a tie-in to the next line. Try again with the Empire line and I'll give you the check. $\endgroup$ – kanoo Nov 12 '18 at 17:00
  • $\begingroup$ @kanoo, Of course, thank you. I've edited now with a better description for the last hint. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Nov 12 '18 at 17:03
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I is (or you are)

a letter.

Everyone uses me to climb higher

which is a ladder.

Some use me to put out fires

which is lather.

Say, something's fishy?

which might be leather.

Then something is a-me!

not sure yet - might be alerter.

Me, the leftover from an Empire

which are or which is the latter.

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