calm down

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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.
See also: calm, down

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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EDDIE Redmayne has revealed he was so nervous about appearing at Comic Con for that his co-star Colin Farrell had to calm him down with a back rub.
A male friend try to calm him down but they left from a side door.
He is a calm guy so I just said come and try to calm him down but this guy started insulting me.
You want to calm him down and don't want a player to get sent off and that's what everyone was trying to do.
The officer tried to calm him down to find out some more details.
Now, he is accepting medical advice and steering clear of the Championship side's battle to avoid relegation - unless his wife or best friend are there to calm him down.
A HEROIN user spat blood into the face of a policeman who was trying to calm him down, a court heard.
She tried to calm him down but he broke the telephone, kicked the dog and shouted "I am going to burn the house down.
The man wagged his finger and ranted at a bemused Mr McConnell who grabbed his hand to calm him down.
They were there to comfort him, to calm him down in the same way he had been taught to comfort others.
I just tried to calm him down because he was scared and I kept telling him he was going to be okay," she told the Warwick Beacon.
He has a tendency to take everything to extremes, is a perfectionist, a lover of luxury and a thrill seeker, but sensible Saturn is about to calm him down with new responsibility.
He said the man started screaming when he could not find the judge and shot the victim when she tried to calm him down.
When his sister Eunice Anderson tried to calm him down, he knocked her to the floor with one punch, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Telephone operator Pauline Williams had to advise him on blocking up his room to avoid smoke creeping in and calm him down for eight minutes until an engine could be sent to the flat,in Victoria Avenue.