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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At the interval, Jock Stein tried to calm us down but when the red mist comes down, it never really goes away and just waits for the next flashpoint.
Jamel Pangandaman, a senior member and a master's student, was there to calm us down.
When complex carbs are digested, they release serotonin, which helps calm us down before bed, while protein helps us feel and stay full.
SCANDAL Sky Living, 10pm POUR yourself an enormous, Olivia Popestyle bucket of red vino - Shonda Rhimes' fast-paced political drama is back, and we need something to calm us down.
Knowing the only way to calm us down was to give us a bone, sleepy Ed reluctantly got out of bed.
A female officer was polite and tried to calm us down but I accidentally hit her.
To help calm us down and relax before bedtime, my mother read classic children's fairy tales.
His conversion rate with his passing is excellent and he has the quality and experience to calm us down.
The repeated announcement over the radio and the television of a big earthquake that is expected to hit certain parts of Metro Manila is timely public service to calm us down and encourage all of us instead to concentrate on safety measures to take.
THE WELCOME After an odyssey through the soggy Sussex Downs involving a double decker replacement, the reception staff did just enough to calm us down.
Some passengers got quite emotional despite the cabin crew's efforts to calm us down," one person aboard the flight was quoted saying.
A walk on the beach or in the woods, or a leisurely rowboat ride tends to calm us down and clear our minds.
Promising us work is definitely a rumour to calm us down, but even if it's true, it is not possible as El-Amrania is too far from our home," says Abdel Hamid.
Being in areas that have lots of trees and grassy areas help to calm us down, and obviously a forest has this.
BBC bosses are not daft and know that some of us need an inoffensive pre-watershed sitcom to calm us down after all those shows about cowboy builders and the like have put the fear of God into us.