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calm your tits

rude slang Calm down. Relax. Oh, calm your tits, Maggie—we'll be home before curfew.
See also: calm, tit

after a storm comes a calm

Things often improve after a difficult, chaotic, or stressful time. Bankruptcy is very emotionally taxing, but try to remember that after a storm comes a calm.
See also: after, calm, come, storm

the calm after a storm

The period during which things improve after a difficult, chaotic, or stressful time. Yesterday was very hectic, but today I feel like I can finally breathe again. It's the calm after a storm.
See also: after, calm, storm

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

cool, calm, and collected

Calm and composed. I was petrified to take the stage, but Alice was cool, calm, and collected, Practicing meditation has helped me to be cool, calm, and collected in times of trouble.
See also: and, collected

calm before the storm

The period of inactivity before something chaotic begins. Oh, this is the calm before the storm—the dinner rush will turn this place into a mad house.
See also: before, calm, storm

lull before the storm

The period of inactivity before something chaotic begins. Oh, this is the lull before the storm—the dinner rush will turn this place into a mad house.
See also: before, lull, storm

After a storm comes a calm,

 and After the storm comes a calm.; The calm after a storm.
Prov. Things are often calm after an upheaval. Jill: I can't believe how peaceful the office is today, when yesterday everyone was either being fired or threatening to quit. Jane: After a storm comes a calm.
See also: after, calm, come, storm

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.
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?
See also: calm, down

cool, calm, and collected

Cliché [of a person] very calm and poised. James did very well in his TV appearances. He stayed cool, calm, and collected. The bad news didn't seem to distress Jane at all. She remained cool, calm, and collected.
See also: and, collected

lull before the storm

 and calm before the storm
a quiet period just before a period of great activity or excitement. (Literal in reference to weather.) It was very quiet in the cafeteria just before the students came in for lunch. It was the lull before the storm. In the brief calm before the storm, the clerks prepared themselves for the doors to open and bring in thousands of shoppers.
See also: before, lull, storm

cool, calm, and collected

Calm and composed, self-possessed. For example, No matter what the board decides, you have to appear cool, calm, and collected in front of the stockholders . This alliterative synonym for cool as a cucumber dates from the late 1800s.
See also: and, collected

the calm before the storm

or

the lull before the storm

COMMON You describe a very quiet period as the calm before the storm or the lull before the storm if it is followed by a period of trouble or intense activity. Things are relatively relaxed at the moment, but I think it's probably the calm before the storm. The Emergency Department is fairly quiet, the lull before the storm. Note: This expression can be varied by replacing the storm with another storm or by adding next before storm. The fragile ceasefire may be just the lull before another storm.
See also: before, calm, storm

the ˌcalm/ˌlull before the ˈstorm

(saying) a period of unnatural calm before an attack, violent activity, etc: What the country was experiencing was not peace, but just the calm before another storm.
See also: before, calm, lull, storm

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.
See also: calm, down

cool, calm, and collected

mod. cool; unabashed. Albert is almost always cool, calm, and collected.
See also: and, collected
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