lower the tone

lower the tone

if something lowers the tone of a place, it makes it less suitable for people of a high social class, and if something lowers the tone of a conversation or a piece of writing, it makes it less polite or of a lower quality (usually + of ) The locals don't like students living around here. It lowers the tone of the neighbourhood. Trust you to lower the tone of the evening by telling rude jokes, Ian!
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The developers, who have also ruled out caravans on driveways, say smalls fluttering in gardens lower the tone of the area.
It is disappointing that AW should lower the tone of his debate by referring to patients in the waiting room as 'hoi polloi' which is a derogatory term for the masses - sick people regardless of patient status deserve more respect and compassion.
She has also taken to Twitter to talk about the accusations of giving the resort a bad name, saying: "The question of the day is 'is it really possible to lower the tone of Magaluf'?
SIR - Without wishing to lower the tone of the deadly serious letters that appear on this page, or chastise the anti-anything-English brigade (all 12 of 'em), I'd like to comment on a subject that will engage many more people's attention this Saturday night - namely the Strictly Come Dancing final.
And while you can always trust Pricey to lower the tone I'm repeating the nickname so the women he chases in future know exactly what they're getting.
Meanwhile, a stag party from Bristol checks in to the hotel, and while Mark initially believes they fit the ideal image of his target clientele, their drunken antics threaten to lower the tone.
The deputy chairman of the House Foreign and European Affairs Committee, DISY's Christos Stylianides, called on "mainly the media" to lower the tone on hydrocarbon matters.
Whatever you or I may think of the man and his policies, and I am no card-carrying Tory, Mr Cameron is the Jam, Prime Minister of this country and I don't believe it serves the wider public interest for any newspaper to lower the tone by referring to him disparagingly in this way.
Council bosses are keen to make sure vendors do not lower the tone of the waterfront.
This brand of humor does nothing but lower the tone of your magazine and is insulting not only to handicapped people and their families everywhere but to the intelligence of your readers.
Critics have slammed Lidl's bid to open a store in Graffon Street, Dublin's most fashionable shopping street, claiming it would lower the tone of the area.
Fears have also been expressed that the store's design could lower the tone of the town and aggravate congestion on a main route.
If you thought the return of Bianca (and her brood) was going to lower the tone of life in Albert Square, have no fear.
Although the shop was approved by Neath Port Talbot Council, the authority received 50 letters from angry residents and church-goers who were worried about the shop's closeness to a school and feared it could lower the tone of Taibach.
There seems to be no logical reason for this, other than local Pontcanna residents thinking that we will lower the tone of the area.