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cool down

1. verb Literally, to become cooler in temperature. The brownies just came out of the oven and need to cool down before we can eat them. When it's hot out, the cat tries to cool down by sitting directly in front of the air conditioner.
2. verb To cause something to become cooler in temperature. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cool" and "down." A: "Why is there an ice cube in your soup?" B: "I'm trying to cool it down!" Make sure you cool down the broccoli in ice water after you boil it.
3. verb To calm down, typically from anger. Don't talk to your mother like that! Go to your room and cool down! I'm sorry for my outburst—I just need some time to cool down.
4. verb To cause someone to become calmer. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cool" and "down." If you insist on talking to your mother that way, I think a punishment is the only thing that will cool you down. That break seemed to cool down James—he's no longer yelling at the staff.
5. verb To become less intensely passionate. I think they just broke up because things had cooled down between them.
6. verb To slow down in preparation for the end of an exercise routine or vigorous activity. Near the end of class, the instructor has us cool down by riding our bikes at a slower pace.
7. noun The slower part of an exercise routine or vigorous activity that precedes its ending. In this usage, the phrase is often written as one word. Is it time for the cooldown yet? I can barely breathe!
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cool someone down

 and cool someone off 
1. Lit. to cool someone by reducing the heat or applying something cold. Here, have a cold drink. Cool yourself down. The ice finally cooled down the feverish child. We need to cool off the pudding in a hurry.
2. Fig. to reduce someone's anger. (Reducing the "heat" of anger.) I just stared at him while he was yelling. I knew that would cool him down. The coach talked to them for a long time. That cooled them off.
3. Fig. to reduce someone's passion or love. (Reducing the "heat" of passion.) When she slapped him, that really cooled him down. Seeing Mary was too intense, so Bill cooled himself off by breaking it off for a while.
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cool down

Also, cool off.
1. Effect a lower temperature, especially of the body following vigorous exercise. For example, After a race the coach makes the entire team do stretches to cool down, or Let's take a dip to cool off. These phrases date from a.d. 1000 with reference to the weather or cooking (as in First let the eggs cool off). The first gained renewed currency with the exercise boom of the late 1900s.
2. See cool off, def. 2.
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cool down

v.
1. To become cooler: We sat in the shade to cool down. As soon as the pie cools down, we can eat it.
2. To make something cooler: She cooled down her coffee with an ice cube. He turned on the fan to cool the room down.
3. To gradually relax after a period of physical exertion: We walked around the track to cool down after our two-mile run.
4. To become less angry or contentious: Let's discuss this after you cool down a bit.
5. To cause someone or something to become less angry or contentious: The mediator cooled down the disputing parties. The principal cooled the angry students down.
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cool down

in. to calm down. Now, just cool down. Chill, chill. Everything’s gonna be real cool.
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So for me as a long term developer, this spike scares me," Alabbar said, adding that it was "healthy" that the market was cooling down.
Neil Pugh slopped on the sunscreen and ventured into Birmingham city centre to see how Brummies were cooling down.
Cooling down exercises loosen the body's muscles that have tightened during exercise.
Steadily increasing interest rates, engineered by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, seem to be accomplishing the intended goal of cooling down the economy--including the housing market, according to the study.
The best times to stretch are immediately after warming up and before cooling down.
The atomic physics community was dreaming of making [atomic fountains] in the early 1950s, but they didn't have techniques for cooling down and manipulating atoms," says Steven Chu of Stanford University.
A recent study from Brown University found that if a pregnant woman exercises up to 70 percent of maximum (approximately a heart rate of 150 beats per minute) and finishes with a cooling down phase, the episodes of fetal bradycardia are rare.
So far, residents in Raleigh, Phoenix, Dallas and Chicago have already begun cooling down with their new air conditioning units.
But while he was doing the donkey work, Audrey and Kyle Hunter from Cullybackey, Co Antrim, were cooling down their four-legged friend Ballybollen Blus.
y n ae By warming up and cooling down you bring your body to its physical peak before exercise and give it the best chance of a safe recovery.
The body needs to breathe, so mesh jerseys and cotton clothing can help in cooling down body temperature.
They extinguished the burning pallets, then sey about cooling down the container, which they managed to do before any of the gas cylinders got too hot.
If a person is sensitive to the heat, cooling down with ice chips or a Popsicle is helpful.
Sacramento, which had led the nation in price appreciation in early 2003 was definitely cooling down, said McGee, pointing to the fact that, from April to May, home price appreciation dropped to 1.