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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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"At one end of a table a child was left screaming, while at the other end a child was taken outside to quieten down. It all depends how parents treat their children," she told the Press Association.
Yet the Australia coach was quick to quieten down suggestions Slater is now out for the tournament.
Prosecutor James Neary said the other patients waiting nearby were also abused when they told him to quieten down and children were among those who heard King's rants.
London, May 11 ( ANI ): Cheering fans at a school football final game were reportedly ordered to quieten down as their noise was disturbing a group of corporates having lunch.
Dubai Instead of calming down unruly passengers, it was Emirates cabin crew Stephanie Partington that needed to "quieten down" on an EK flight from Dubai to Birmingham, UK.
Fiona Davis, prosecuting, was quoted as saying: "She was working at the back of the plane and during the flight the purser became aware she was very loud and had to ask her to quieten down.
"To react in such an aggressive manner to a simple request to quieten down and wait in a corridor is unacceptable," he said.
"First of all he has to let the injury quieten down and then really start to work on it."
It may just continue to pump out smoke, ash and dust as it has been doing then quieten down.
CHESTER chairman Stephen Vaughan is looking forward to the season opener against Accrington Stanley on Saturday, but off-field he is hopeful things will quieten down a little at the Deva Stadium.
But Sport Confidential hears that the Special One has decided to quieten down this season.
He asked the band to quieten down a couple of times so that the full effect of his trademark falsetto could be felt.
When Baker told them to quieten down she got into an argument with them.
The 61-year-old victim was outside the Olton Tavern, on Lode Lane, waiting for his wife when he asked a group of men on the next table to quieten down.
"Working as a united front with West Yorkshire Police, British Transport Police, residents and councillors worked well last year and it did start to quieten down, although I'm not sure whether that was just because it was getting to the quieter season.