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.
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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 I think we need to calm them down first," said Tillerson.
They're a little overheated right now, and I think we need to calm them down first," Tillerson added.
Instead, calm them down with a relaxing nature programme.
But Ncobo somehow managed to calm them down so the whistler could escape.
He tried to calm them down and succeeded in defusing the situation.
He said there were tens of thousands of people stranded there, more than what was ever expected so he just "tried to calm them down and did they best I could.
As cabin crew tried to calm them down, they began singing even louder, banging on windows and stamping their feet in defiance.
When we began talking about what we would want in a video for our infants, we both agreed that it should enhance their minds as well as help calm them down during their fussy periods of the day," stated Ann Abajian, vice president of Calm Baby, Inc.
We calm them down and explain that travel delays are not their fault and they happen all the time.
I usually start the blow dryer on a slow speed and put my hand on their back to calm them down until they get used to it,'' Gammage said.
Babies will cry for the same length of time no matter what you do to try to calm them down, it was claimed yesterday.
We told our kids that it was a spaceship to calm them down and it really didn't look that far from being the case,'' Tracy said.
It was hard to calm them down,'' said Beth Hopp, activities director at Simi Valley High School.
I tried to calm them down, to show them I was just a man in a gorilla suit, but I couldn't get the head off.