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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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simmer

verb
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To finish: Reheat pork belly in simmering water for ten minutes and cut open bag.
Reheat bags in simmering water for ten minutes; cut open bags and remove meat from bones.
When half-and-half mixture reaches full simmer, gradually whisk simmering half-and-half into yolk mixture to temper.
In a metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt together chocolate and butter, then add whipping cream, creme fraiche and rum; gently whisk until smooth.
Melt remaining 6 ounces chocolate with oil in top of double boiler over hot, not simmering, water, stirring constantly until smooth.
Add carrots; continue simmering, covered, 30 minutes or until beef is fork-tender.
Cover tightly and continue simmering 20 to 30 minutes or until beef and vegetables are tender.
Cover tightly and continue simmering 15 to 20 minutes or until beef and vegetables are tender.
To make Batter, melt chocolate and butter in top of a double boiler over slightly simmering water (don't let top pan touch water).
Get over the notion that soups require lengthy simmering and lots of muss and fuss.
Melt chocolate and butter in separate bowls either over - but not touching - simmering water or in a microwave.
To make truffles, place chocolate and butter in a 4- to 6-cup heatproof bowl set in a wide skillet of barely simmering water over low heat.
Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl or top of a double boiler over barely simmering water and allow to melt completely.
In a large pot, combine beef and all remaining ingredients; heat to simmering over low heat.
Bring to a boil again, then reduce heat to simmering.