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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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Yesterday, Mary had calmed down enough to go on a spending spree in the city centre before celebrating with her family.
After Woody had calmed down he asked the guy to join him and Kyle and the three of them spent a night downing pints.
It was howling the first nine holes,'' she said, ``but after that, it calmed down, and we calmed down with it.
Finally stable: Following two weeks of craziness, in which Quartz Hill lost four players to injury or ineligibility, things seem to have calmed down for the Rebels.
When I calmed down, I realized the letter was either a lie or my idea of the afterlife was totally confused.
It was kind of cold in here when we came in, but then I calmed down and started to make my shots,'' said Colston, who also had six assists.
It's going to take awhile to get everyone calmed down and back to normal.
But this time we calmed down in the fourth quarter and got the win.
The woman then calmed down, put down the tools, left the office and drove away in her station wagon, officials said.
The fire had calmed down through late Tuesday and early Wednesday as temperatures lowered to 60 degrees and the humidity increased to 45 percent, Bouslaugh said.
Rather than have tempers flare over the reveling, the Saugus coaches decided to pull their players to right field until things calmed down, Worley said.