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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Keep calm and look outside As green gives our eyes the least amount of trouble, some researchers believe that perceiving the shade may calm us down. With consistent changes in colour around us, the nervous system works hard to give us the best view of each shade.
"We're still looking for leaders to step up out there and kind of just calm us down in situations because we tend to panic," Naperville Central coach Roger Strausberger said.
Joel felt what we needed was a good meal to calm us down.
So before we start lashing out at people or end up going berserk, our first inclination is to reach for that cup of freshly brewed coffee to calm us down. Aside from its invigorating effect, caffeine, which is naturally present in your 'cup of joe,' stimulates certain portions of the autonomic nervous system.
"She gave us both a dose of heroin to calm us down, although I didn't know what it was until later.
'There is nothing that can calm us down in these turbulent times except the quiet recognition of Him who assured us of His abiding presence-'Be not afraid; it is I!''
But it does not calm us down and makes us work even more and think about the future," said Altay Hasanov.
At the interval, Jock Stein tried to calm us down but when the red mist comes down, it never really goes away and just waits for the next flashpoint.
When complex carbs are digested, they release serotonin, which helps calm us down before bed, while protein helps us feel and stay full.
SCANDAL Sky Living, 10pm POUR yourself an enormous, Olivia Popestyle bucket of red vino - Shonda Rhimes' fast-paced political drama is back, and we need something to calm us down.
Knowing the only way to calm us down was to give us a bone, sleepy Ed reluctantly got out of bed.
"A female officer was polite and tried to calm us down but I accidentally hit her.
To help calm us down and relax before bedtime, my mother read classic children's fairy tales.
"His conversion rate with his passing is excellent and he has the quality and experience to calm us down.
The repeated announcement over the radio and the television of a big earthquake that is expected to hit certain parts of Metro Manila is timely public service to calm us down and encourage all of us instead to concentrate on safety measures to take.