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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 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 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

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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Magistrate Roy Jones told him: "Perhaps you should calm down and don't try to drink as much as you have been.
When Ms Eagle pointed out that Dr Stoate stood down at the last election, the embarrassed PM blurted: "Calm down, dear, 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.
After Brady refused to calm down, the pilot called ahead to Glasgow and he was arrested when the plane touched down.
When Ms Eagle pointed out that Dr Stoate stood down at the last election, the PM blurted: "Calm down, dear, calm down.
But he claimed Mr McNabb would not calm down, so he "ushered him" to a more private area.
Calm down and have a little more composure than I did.
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The furious husband replied: "How am I going to calm down when I find my wife with you, with a priest?
Ricky - who, at 70, is a year older than Sir Cliff Richard - is hoping his song Calm Down will make him the oldest Xmas UK chart-topper in history.
At a time when it was supposed to settle down, California's roiling gasoline market refuses to calm down.
FORMER Happy Mondays star Bez yesterday lost his appeal against conviction for assault - and was warned he would be re-arrested if he did not calm down.
Chorus: Calm down, calm down, Santa's on his way Calm down, calm down, it's nearly Christmas Day Calm down, calm down, the snow is all around Santa Claus will never let you down Christmas lights are flashing Deccies everywhere Everyone is happy No one's got a care But for me there's something missing My only desire Something's gonna help me Get higher and higher I'll put on a tutu And climb the Christmas tree The world's biggest fairy Is gonna be me, me, me, me, me
daughter from whatever it is that has Try to remove your sparked the tantrum and tell her to calm down.