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simmer down

 
1. Lit. to decrease in intensity. (As boiling dies down when the heat is lowered or removed.) The hectic activity of the day finally simmered down. When things simmer down in the fall, this is a much nicer place.
2. Fig. [for someone] to become calm or less agitated. I wish you would simmer down. Please simmer down, you guys!
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simmer down

Become calm after anger or excitement, as in Simmer down, Mary; I'm sure he'll make it up to you, or I haven't time to look at your report now, but I will when things have simmered down a bit . This idiom derives from simmer in the sense of "cook at low heat, below the boiling point." [Second half of 1800s]
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simmer down

v.
1. To become calm after excitement or anger: We left him to simmer down after the argument.
2. To reduce a liquid by heating it to a simmer and allowing the water to evaporate: We simmered down the chili until it was thick enough to hold a spoon upright. Return the sauce to the pan and simmer it down to a medium thickness.
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simmer (down)

1. in. to reduce one’s anger. Simmer down, you guys.
2. in. to get quiet. I waited till things began to simmer down, and then I started.
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For a time, Marley slept in a back room of the recording studio, and his self-penned song Simmer Down, produced by Coxsone, went to No 1 in Jamaica in February 1964, giving him his first hit.
There's stalls, discounts in the shops, a delicious all you can eat buffet from top Caribbean Restaurant Simmer Down, Psychic medium Anna Leigh, a bar, face painting, bouncy castle and music from Rooted n Booted.
She added: "I just think we all just need to simmer down.
I should have done the gig then let everything simmer down.
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Everyone calling for changes should just simmer down.
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Martin Ellis, Halifax's chief economist, expects this year-on-year rate to simmer down when the comparison will be with a stronger housing market in the autumn of 2005.
Matters didn't simmer down and Barry skipper and No8 Matthew Campbell was red-carded for stamping on flanker Aled Evans who was also mysteriously sent for an early bath.
We seemed to be a little bit frantic and frenetic in the first-half, and we needed to simmer down and play with a bit more patience and keep hold of the ball, which wasn't what both sides were doing.