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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Mark Hayward, managing director of the NAEA, said: "We expected to see uncertainty in the immediate period following Brexit, and during the summer months the market always quietens down, so we are optimistic that the housing market will spring back into full swing in the coming months." His comments contrast with a recent report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which said home sales had fallen and price growth had slowed.
NATURE has once again showed us who is in control and it seems we have to sit it out while the fiery beast quietens down.
A little noisy on start-up, it soon quietens down to provide a pleasant drive on longer journeys.
He will only return to the track if business quietens down in the near future.
But when he quietens down, his voice takes on the kind of quality that makes Neil Diamond famous.
A spokeswoman for Inverness-based estate agents Finlayson Hughes said: "The market really quietens down in the winter.
Though the kettle starts off fairly noisy, it then quietens down. 7/10
Tomorrow, the tone quietens down with folk acts like Gilly Darbey and former Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull instrumentalist Maart Allcock.
Finally, my hydraulic tappets are noisy but after topping up with oil, the noise quietens down. Will I still need to change them?