lower the tone

lower the tone

To make something less polite, intellectual, or cultured. The fart jokes really lowered the tone of an otherwise smart and engaging film.
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lower the tone

If something lowers the tone of a place or event, it makes it seem less respectable. Councillors say plastic-framed windows lower the tone of the neighbourhood. I drank four cans of beer — I pride myself on lowering the tone at parties where everyone else is drinking champagne.
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lower the tone

diminish the spirit or moral character of a conversation, place, etc.
Tone here is used to mean the general character or attitude of a conversation, place, piece of writing, etc.
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lower the ˈtone (of something)

make the general character and attitude of something, such as a place, a piece of writing or the atmosphere of an event, less polite or respectable: Residents were afraid that a fast-food restaurant would lower the tone of the street.
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Performers who included Hollie Robinson, Roy McLelland and Zoe Tait took to the stage in the church on Saturday, with Lower The Tone performing this Saturday, as Tommy aims to showcase the building as a future music venue.
They have made the local news as neighbours fear students will "lower the tone", however nothing could be further from the truth.
''Did Ab Fab lower the tone?" Joanna quizzed company president Jerome.
To lower the tone, I have four small moggies who prefer to use litter trays instead of the neighbouring gardens.
The developers, who have also ruled out caravans on driveways, say smalls fluttering in gardens lower the tone of the area.
It is disappointing that AW should lower the tone of his debate by referring to patients in the waiting room as 'hoi polloi' which is a derogatory term for the masses - sick people regardless of patient status deserve more respect and compassion.
She has also taken to Twitter to talk about the accusations of giving the resort a bad name, saying: "The question of the day is 'is it really possible to lower the tone of Magaluf'?
In the petition, which is addressed to Berkhamsted Town Council, creator Cathie George said: "This overcrowded town doesn't need another supermarket but a school or doctors." Another local posted: "We don't want to lower the tone of the town with a Lidl."
SIR - Without wishing to lower the tone of the deadly serious letters that appear on this page, or chastise the anti-anything-English brigade (all 12 of 'em), I'd like to comment on a subject that will engage many more people's attention this Saturday night - namely the Strictly Come Dancing final.
And while you can always trust Pricey to lower the tone I'm repeating the nickname so the women he chases in future know exactly what they're getting.
Since the length of tubing of the f-alto horn is half that of the F horn, it seems natural, and it is the case that, stopping the high f (f-alto) horn will lower the tone a full step (as in "Horn in E[flat]").
Whatever you or I may think of the man and his policies, and I am no card-carrying Tory, Mr Cameron is the Jam, Prime Minister of this country and I don't believe it serves the wider public interest for any newspaper to lower the tone by referring to him disparagingly in this way.
To Broken Expat 'Lower the tone!' (GDN, October 13) ...
Council bosses are keen to make sure vendors do not lower the tone of the waterfront.
This brand of humor does nothing but lower the tone of your magazine and is insulting not only to handicapped people and their families everywhere but to the intelligence of your readers.