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turn down

1. To lower or diminish the intensity of something, such as volume, pressure, brightness, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "down." Would you mind turning down your radio? It's very distracting. They turned the lights down before the movie started.
2. To dismiss, reject, spurn, or refuse someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "down." It broke my heart, but I had to turn down the couple's application down because they didn't meet our lending criteria. I asked her out on a date, but she turned me down. The bosses turned me down for a promotion.
3. To fold something over itself. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "down." Make sure you turn down your collar after you tie your necktie. I think beds look nicer when you turn the sheets down at the pillow.
4. To tidy and arrange a bed. In this usage, "bed" or "beds" can be used between "turn" and "down." You'll need to replace customers' towels, empty their waste bins, and turn down their beds. Please turn your bed down after you wake up in the morning.
See also: down, turn

turn someone down

to issue a refusal to someone. We had to turn Joan down, even though her proposal was okay. We turned down Joan, even though her credentials were good.
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turn something down

 
1. to bend or fold something down. He turned his coat collar down when he got inside the house. Timmy had turned down his cuffs and caught one of them in his bicycle chain.
2. to decrease the volume of something. Please turn the radio down. Can't you turn down that stereo?
3. to reject something; to deny someone's request. The board turned our request down. She had turned down John's offer of help, too.
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turn down

1. Fold or double down, as in They always turn down your bed here, or Turn down your collar. [c. 1600]
2. Invert, as in She turned down her cards, or They turn down the glasses in the cupboard. [Mid-1700s]
3. Reject, fail to accept, as in They turned down his proposal, or Joe was turned down at four schools before he was finally accepted. [Late 1800s]
4. Diminish in volume, brightness, or speed. For example, Please turn down the radio; it's too loud, or They turned down the lights and began to dance. [Second half of 1800s]
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turn down

v.
1. To diminish the speed, volume, intensity, or flow of something by or as if by turning a dial: Turn down the radio, please. He turned down the TV so his roommate could study.
2. To reject or refuse someone or something: I turned down the invitation. We turned them down because their offer was too low.
3. To fold something downward: I turned my collar down. She turned down the flaps on her hat to protect her ears from the cold.
4. To prepare some bed by folding the outer covering down: The hotel maid came in and turned down the bed.
See also: down, turn
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I hope you won't turn us down because I know you can afford it in exchange for the company's security and your life.
My fear is even if we match other clubs for fees and wages, players will turn us down because of how the Newcastle brand has been damaged over the years.
I've had an idea for a while now that Lubo was going to turn us down and, with that in mind, I've been talking to Mike about moving up here for most of the summer.
They never turn us down or made excuses about helping us.
Then when we went back to the Mid-Ulster they couldn't turn us down so we joined Division Four at the start of last season and it went perfectly for us.
Mr Wood told The Journal: "I can see why at first Lord Adonis would turn us down just now, but all that means is we need to go now and get a business case made for this.
Hennessy said: "If Carl does this in style to a massive terrestrial audience, it would be hard for Calzaghe to turn us down.
We will do our best to get the best in, but we can't be disappointed if they turn us down.
They took advice and decided to turn us down but I am delighted that they have now agreed terms.
When the idea first came about we thought some schools might turn us down, but not one did.
The Ministry of Defence tried to turn us down, but in the end I think they had no choice and I am delighted with the result,'' said Mr Radford.
James Morris, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN agency that distributes the food said: "We've essentially never had anyone turn us down over the 40-year history of WFR But a country has the right to say `No, we don't want that.
I can't believe after what we agreed that he'll turn us down.
Also he lives in the Mold area, which would have made travelling for us easy, but the lad phoned me to turn us down, which is a pity.
But I find it very difficult to see how the executive will turn us down.