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calm down

1. To relax or become less intense. Although this phrase can be applied to things or situations, it is often said as an imperative to one who is openly anxious, angry, or upset. I've been rocking the baby for hours, but I just can't get her to calm down and stop crying. Calm down—we'll be home before curfew. Work was chaotic during the merger, but things are finally calming down now.
2. To soothe someone or diffuse a tense situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "calm" and "down." I've been rocking the baby for hours, but I just can't seem to calm her down. The therapy dog really seems to calm down our patients.
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calm someone (or an animal) down

to cause someone or an animal to be less active, upset, or unsettled. Please try to calm yourself down! Can you calm down your yapping dog?
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calm down

to relax; to become less busy or active. Now, now, calm down. You look so nervous. Please calm down. Nothing bad is going to happen.
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calm down

v.
1. To become less agitated, active, or unsettled: When the wind calmed down, we went outside to assess the storm's damage.
2. To cause someone or something to become less angry, active, or unsettled: The leader calmed down the angry mob by addressing their complaints. Listening to music before going to bed calms me down and helps me sleep.
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The Prime Minister, however, pressed on telling them: "I said calm down, calm down dear.
Again they told him to calm down and leave, which he did.
Head teacher Rob Fenton said: "It is somewhere for pupils to go and calm down and then go back into school prepared for learning.
Guy Goodings, for Filby, told magistrates that an argument had broken out between her and a cousin, but was beginning to calm down when police arrived.
Calm down and listen to the doctor" was not worthy of the office of Prime Minister and not worthy of Parliamentary debate.
What I have tried to do is just calm down and slow down,'' Johnson said.
An insider said worried bosses had to calm down the usually mild-mannered sportsman.
I think perhaps she's at that point now - you've got to calm down some time and I'm hoping Jamie is part of that," he added.
We just have to get this thing to calm down and see where he is then try to work him back up and see if he can play.
I think David Cameron will learn that women across the country are not going to calm down.
The 32-year-old said: "It was the League Cup Final at Hampden and after a few minutes the referee was chasing after me and telling me to calm down.
CALM DOWN, CALM DOWN: Adam Boulton, who did a fine impression of a man who had totally lost it
All we needed to do was calm down after our slow start, and we did that tonight.
But he claimed Mr McNabb would not calm down, so he "ushered him" to a more private area.