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dial down

To lessen something, especially in intensity. I could barely move my arms all week—I guess it's time to dial down the workouts!
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The breakthrough followed apparent concessions proposed by the union, including dialing down demands for a higher overseas daily allowance, the appointment of a labor representative on the company board, and benefits restricted to union members.
Retirement and planning for their children's education is something Gen Xers, those born in the '60s, '70s and early '80s, can't afford to ignore, so they might want to consider dialing down the risk on investments to preserve capital and safeguard against potential bear markets.
The drug belongs to a class of pharmaceuticals called JAK inhibitors that are known for dialing down inflammation.
Moscow and Beijing have repeatedly advocated a "double freeze"solution to the crisis, in which North Korea would halt missile and nuclear programs in exchange for Washington dialing down its military drills in the region.
He explained that when they figure out the right amount of dialing down, they will be able to treat the disease and avoid the common side effects.
BANKING AND CREDIT NEWS-November 8, 2013--American consumers "dialing down" the holidays in Discover survey(C)2013 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.m2.com
Retaining the energy and zing of the earlier films, but dialing down the youthful angst, the pic delivers witty, sexy fare that's the fast-food equivalent of Richard Linklater's thematically weightier "Before ..." trilogy.
Microsoft is dialing down its free storage limit from 25GB for SkyDrive to 7GB (there's a limited extension back to 25GB).
Even after dialing down the default eye-burning brightness, the battery was unable to keep things afloat for a full day of regular use.
"Our findings suggest students may be applying self-styled strategies for dialing down technology when the pressure is most on them."
The idea of dialing down p53 in a person undergoing cancer treatment is appealing, says Anton Berns of the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam.
Dialing down to them raises the impact of the bullet.
Dialing down the speed lets the operator shorten the cycle times and/or load in tight places."
Dialing down settings from hot wash/hot rinse to warm/cold, can drop energy consumption by 40 percent and, depending on local electricity rates, cut as much as 50 cents off the price of each load.