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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He tried to calm them down but one of the men slashed him across the face before running off.
When you are on Strictly, you get a celebrity and you have to calm them down, but that's one person.
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.
"I walked quickly towards them wanting to calm them down and try to stop the fight.
BRUMMIES who get stressed out behind the wheel turn to music to calm them down, a poll has revealed.
"And I hold a hand or something to calm them down."
Instead, calm them down with a relaxing nature programme.
But Ncobo somehow managed to calm them down so the whistler could escape.
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.
'We moved them into the kitchen at the back of the building and tried to calm them down while we put out the fire.
They get distressed when they see others in distress, reaching out to calm them down, not unlike the way chimpanzees or humans embrace someone who is upset", (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140218-asian-elephants-empathy-animals-science-behavior/) National Geographic quoted de Waal.
"We calm them down and explain that travel delays are not their fault and they happen all the time."
The 20-strong mob of drunks rampaged round the plane as frightened air stewards tried to calm them down.