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cool off

1. verb Literally, to become cooler in temperature. The brownies just came out of the oven and need to cool off before we can eat them. When it's hot out, the cat tries to cool off by sitting directly in front of the air conditioner.
2. verb To cause something to become cooler in temperature. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cool" and "off." A: "Why is there an ice cube in your soup?" B: "I'm trying to cool it off!" Make sure you cool off the broccoli in ice water after you boil it.
3. verb To calm down, typically from anger. Don't talk to your mother like that! Go to your room and cool off! I'm sorry for my outburst—I just need some time to cool off.
4. verb To cause someone to become calmer. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cool" and "off." If you insist on talking to your mother that way, I think a punishment is the only thing that will cool you off. That break seemed to cool him off—he's no longer yelling at the staff.
5. verb To become less passionate. I think they just broke up because things had cooled off between them.
6. verb To become less successful. After a great start and a 10-game winning streak, that team has really cooled off—it's doubtful they'll make the playoffs now. Unfortunately, the initial popularity has cooled off, and sales are way down.
7. verb, slang To kill someone. Ray cooled off the informant, just as the boss told him to.
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cool off

 and cool down 
1. Lit. to lose or reduce heat. I wish my soup would cool off. I'm hungry. It'll cool down this evening, after dusk.
2. Fig. to let one's anger die away. (As the "heat" of anger declines.) I'm sorry I got angry. I'll cool off in a minute. Cool off, Tom. There is no sense getting so excited.
3. Fig. to let one's passion or love die away. (As the "heat" of passion declines.) Ted: Is Bob still in love with Jane? Bill: No, he's cooled off a lot.
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cool off

1. see cool down.
2. Also, cool down or out . Calm down, become less ardent, angry, or agitated, as in We can't discuss it until you've cooled off. The verb cool alone has been used in this sense since approximately a.d. 1000; off and down were added in the late 1800s, and Davy Crockett's Almanac (1836) had: "Resting a while, just long enough to cool out a little."
3. Also, cool out. Kill someone, as in They threatened to cool off his brother. [Slang; first half of 1800s] Also see cool out, def. 2.
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cool off

v.
1. To cool to a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat: The kids jumped in the lake to cool off.
2. To cool something or someone to a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat: The air conditioner cooled off the building. My soup was hot, but blowing on it cooled it off.
3. To become calm after a period of anger or conflict: Have things cooled off in that part of the world?
4. To calm someone or something that is angry or contentious: The coach took the angry players aside and cooled them off. The counselor cooled off the fighting campers.
5. To have a period of outstanding performance come to an end: They scored ten points in the first half of the game but cooled off in the second. The stock market cooled off after the latest unemployment report was released.
6. To lose passion: Their romance has cooled off.
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cool off

in. to calm down. I knew things would cool off eventually.
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| Don't be rushed into a sale | Always get any agreement you make in writing | Usually, you have a seven-day cooling off period if paying for a service - so if you decide to cancel the contract, act fast | Don't have work done or goods delivered during the cooling off period.
But yesterday cooling off was top of the agenda at Gourock outdoor pool, where youngsters enjoyed their summer break from school.
If you do not receive this in writing, then your cooling off period is increased even further, to a year and 14 days.
If either party rejects the proffer, then the NMB must place the parties in a 30-day cooling off period.
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While people in Batman try to cooling off themselves in the shady spots, temperature has reached to 44 degrees already across the province.