calm down

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calm down

1. To relax or become less intense. Although this phrase can be applied to things or situations, it is often said as an imperative to one who is openly anxious, angry, or upset. I've been rocking the baby for hours, but I just can't get her to calm down and stop crying. Calm down—we'll be home before curfew. Work was chaotic during the merger, but things are finally calming down now.
2. To soothe someone or diffuse a tense situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "calm" and "down." I've been rocking the baby for hours, but I just can't seem to calm her down. The therapy dog really seems to calm down our patients.
See also: calm, down

calm someone (or an animal) down

to cause someone or an animal to be less active, upset, or unsettled. Please try to calm yourself down! Can you calm down your yapping dog?
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calm down

to relax; to become less busy or active. Now, now, calm down. You look so nervous. Please calm down. Nothing bad is going to happen.
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calm down

v.
1. To become less agitated, active, or unsettled: When the wind calmed down, we went outside to assess the storm's damage.
2. To cause someone or something to become less angry, active, or unsettled: The leader calmed down the angry mob by addressing their complaints. Listening to music before going to bed calms me down and helps me sleep.
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When her employer tried to calm her down, the defendant rushed to the kitchen and grabbed a knife, pointing it at her belly.
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She was very irate though many people tried to calm her down.
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Andrea McLean revealed she has a tattoo to calm her down and remind her to breathe.
Luckily I managed to calm her down enough to shove the paper under her nose and point out it was just for six months.
Mallis, of Coupar Angus, Perthshire, shoved a glass in Mrs Petrie's face after she slapped her niece to calm her down.
"She started screaming as soon as she saw him in the hope of trying to get some help, but the defendant tried to calm her down.
The 26-year-old, whose baby is due this month, is obsessing over the pain and has called in the hypnotist who helped her quit smoking to calm her down.
Waitress!" The assistant attempted to calm her down, but the patient became quite agitated.
The 20-year-old pop star was heard to make the racial remarks as security staff tried to calm her down after the row.
She was left in a distressed state but a passer-by took her to a nearby house and helped to calm her down.
I could feel her shaking with fear, almost in shock, and I knew I had to do something to calm her down.
When the sponsor tried to calm her down, she went quickly to the kitchen and grabbed a knife that she pointed at her belly.