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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And although Kylie tries to calm her down, Sarah reaches breaking point and decides she's going to the police.
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.
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.
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.
My interest is to have the mom there to calm her down.
When four security guards tried to calm her down she grabbed the fire extinguisher and threatened to set it off.
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.
She ignored attempts to calm her down and she was arrested.
Despite the presence of her mother Barbera on the set, it took the arrival of executive producer Spielberg to calm her down during the shoot in Los Angeles.
He got up and tried to calm her down but she slapped him again.
Allison is very fussy, so I hope this might calm her down a bit.
She left the bench for a moment, while Tracy Williams, ABL vice president of player personnel, took her behind the bleachers to calm her down.