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pipe down

To become quiet and calm; to stop being loud or boisterous. Often said as a command. OK, class, pipe down! Let's begin our lesson, shall we? We piped down when we realized he was trying to tell us something important.
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pipe down

to become quiet; to cease making noise; to shut up. (Especially as a rude command.) Pipe down! I'm trying to sleep. Come on! Pipe down and get back to work!
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pipe down

Stop talking, be quiet, as in I wish you children would pipe down. This idiom is also used as an imperative, as in Pipe down! We want to listen to the opera. It comes from the navy, where the signal for all hands to turn in was sometimes sounded on a whistle or pipe. By 1900 it had been transferred to more general use.
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pipe down

v. Slang
To stop talking; become quiet: Pipe down—I'm trying to sleep!
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pipe down

in. to become quiet; to cease making noise; to shut up. (Especially as a rude command.) Pipe down! I’m trying to sleep.
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Once we shut the pipe down we rerouted all the water to ensure that water supply was maintained.
The chilling warning follows a spate of in-fighting which resulted in disgruntled IRA members being ordered to pipe down by mainstream Provisionals.
They should just tell these parents to pipe down and stop causing problems when there are none.
But for the record, I WOULD like the summer if it would just pipe down and be summer and stop trying to be something it's not, i.
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Twice his rowdy fans were told by stewards to pipe down.
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Therefore, the first step is to isolate the water supply and drain the pipe down.