a dull roar

a dull roar

A low level of noise. Kids, when you work together, please keep it down to a dull roar.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dull roar

n. a relatively quiet degree of noisiness. Try to keep it at a dull roar if you can.
See also: dull, roar
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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