quieten down

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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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There's very little volume control when it comes to Kevin and I've found the only way to quieten him down is to stick a box of chocolates on his lap.
His mother, looking agitated and slightly embarrassed, tried to quieten him down by promising the toy for his birthday.
That's because I want to quieten him down a bit and hope he breaks a bit better.
When his hosts tried to quieten him down, Gaddafi roared: "I am an international leader, the dean of the Arab rulers, the king of kings of Africa and imam of Muslims, and my international status does not allow me to descend to a lower level."
He was fed every time they thought he'd done something good or to quieten him down if he was banging on his door.
"He's an old man who has seen and done it all so it won't do me any harm to listen to his advice but hopefully my goal will quieten him down for a few days."
Wendy, 39, said: "As soon as I heard what he was saying, I raced over to quieten him down.
She also said she saw Freeth giving Roy Glover, 70, an injection on the inside of his leg through his pyjama bottoms in the corridor to quieten him down.
Harris said: "The hood and some cotton wool have helped quieten him down."
Michelle, of Ings Way, Lepton, said: "I took him to the accident and emergency unit because there was nothing we could do to quieten him down.
Ashman is a very nice horse but he's running here mainly to quieten him down for another crack at novice chasing after nearly killing himself when we tried him over fences last season.
Within the first five minutes, I would upend him and leave a bit on him in the hope that it would quieten him down for the rest of the game.
Ashman, my ride in the Gerry Feilden, is a very nice horse, but he's running here mainly to quieten him down for another crack at novice chasing, as he nearly killed himself when we tried him over fences last season.