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harsh (one's) mellow
slang To annoy one or otherwise ruin one's good mood. Ugh, don't harsh my mellow with that stupid talk. Leave me alone. I was so excited to see the concert, but all the technical problems with the lights and sound really harshed my mellow.
If it's yellow, let it mellow. (If it's brown, flush it down.)
If there is only urine in the toilet, do not flush it. (But if there is feces in it, then do flush.) A common mnemonic used as a way to reduce water usage in places with indoor plumbing. We have a pretty restricted water supply out here, so always remember—if it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down. Due to the drought, households and businesses around the state are being encouraged to adopt an "if it's yellow, let it mellow" policy.
1. noun, slang A state of calm enjoyment. I went to chill by the lake, but the yacht rock coming from the boat kind of harshed on my nature mellow.
2. adjective, slang Intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. I didn't have a good time at the party because everyone was mellow except me.
1. To relax; to calm down. I don't think he has mellowed out yet—I can still hear him yelling.
2. To cause someone to relax; to calm someone down. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mellow" and "out." If the baby's crying, try putting her in her swing—that usually mellows her out.
3. To make something less bold in appearance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mellow" and "out." My hair is too dark right now—I think I need some highlights to mellow it out.
1. slang A nickname for the psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). I had a real bad trip on mellow yellow last time—I'll never do drugs again.
2. slang Dried banana peel fibers for smoking. (Smoking them was thought to produce effects similar to LSD). At first, I thought my parents were telling me that they dropped acid back in the day when they mentioned mellow yellow, but now I know they were talking about some weird thing involving banana peels.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. to become less angry. When you mellow out, maybe we can talk. Come on, man, stop yelling and mellow out!
2. to become generally more relaxed. Gary was nearly forty before he started to mellow out a little and take life less seriously. After his illness, he mellowed out and seemed more glad to be alive.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Become genial or pleasant, calm down, relax, as in The teacher mellowed out when they explained what had happened. This expression uses mellow in the sense of "ripening," with the connotation of softness and sweetness. [Slang; late 1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To make someone relax; cause someone to become more genial and pleasant: A nice cool drink would mellow me out right now. A nap might mellow out the kids.
2. To relax; become genial and pleasant: Hey, don't get so upset; just mellow out! We stayed at home and mellowed out all day.
3. To make something less intense or less striking: I added some white to the paint to mellow the color out a little bit. We added candles to mellow out the atmosphere.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. mod. relaxed; untroubled; laid back. She is the mellowest fox I know.
2. mod. slightly alcohol or drug intoxicated. I got mellow and stopped drinking right there.
1. in. to calm down; to get less angry. When you mellow out, maybe we can talk.
2. in. to become generally more relaxed; to grow less contentious. After his illness, he mellowed out and seemed more glad to be alive.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.