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quieten down

1. To become calm, quieten, and relaxed; to stop being so noisy and boisterous. ("Quieten" is a chiefly British English variant spelling of the verb "to quiet.") Primarily heard in UK. A small amount of television after dinner is actually a good way of helping kids quieten down before bed time. It takes the engine a minute to quieten down after you turn it off.
2. To cause, compel, or instruct someone or something to become less noisy and boisterous. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "quieten" and "down." Primarily heard in UK. A last-minute goal by the visiting team quietened the crowd down almost instantly. It can be a real chore unto itself trying to quieten the students down first thing in the morning.
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"We can hopefully quieten the crowd and focus on the game, not the stuff around it."
It's claimed that this helps quieten the mind and produces a state of restful alertness.
All his fans will be there so what I need to do is cut the head off and quieten his supporters."
One reader of the guide wrote: "Why are there undisciplined children who are allowed to run around unchecked, or screaming babies who aren't taken outside to calm down.?" Another said: "My peaceful lunch by the fire with a pint was totally ruined by a child running around whooping and tripping up staff, and when asked to quieten down by the landlord, the poor man faced abuse from over-protective parents.
One passenger claimed the violence was triggered after a noisy group of men was asked to quieten down.
Commons Speaker John Bercow tries to quieten unruly MPs.
Businessman Keith was trying to quieten down some rowdy drinkers in the beer garden outside his pub, The Bar at the Brandling in Jesmond, Newcastle.
"To react in such an aggressive manner to a simple request to quieten down and wait in a corridor is unacceptable," he said.
He had even cut his own throat in a bid to quieten the voices in his head, but all these warning signs appeared to have gone unnoticed.
Duty officers were sent to quieten the inmates, but by the time they reached the cells all was quiet.
He's still got a long way to go to quieten the Liverpool fans who have doubted our goalkeeping situation for some time, but he might just need that run of games and Jurgen perhaps thinks that now is the moment for that.
Maybe now, those who accuse the media of a witch hunt against the Uruguayan will quieten down a bit.
BRITAIN'S Got Talent continued its ratings fight-back to quieten The Voice by attracting in excess of a million viewers more than the BBC1 show.
TWO drunken yobs who kicked a grandfather to death after he asked them to quieten down were jailed for life yesterday.
Sophisticated technology has been used to obscure faces and car registration plates but such efforts have failed to quieten critics.