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keep it down to a dull roar

To be quiet or stop making a lot of noise; to maintain a low level of noise. Often used as an imperative. Kids, when you work together, please keep it down to a dull roar.
See also: down, dull, keep, roar

roar at someone or something

1. Lit. to bellow or bawl at someone or something. Don't roar at me! Control your temper. The lion roared at the hyena, who ran off.
2. Fig. to laugh very hard at someone or something. The audience roared at the clown. The children roared at Dad's jokes.
See also: roar

roar away

to speed away, making a loud clamor. The car roared away into the night with tires screeching. The train roared away, carrying Andy to Canada.
See also: away, roar

roar something out

to bellow something out loudly. Walter roared his protest out so everyone knew how he felt. Jane roared out her criticism.
See also: out, roar

roar back

To have great success after a period of weak performance; make a dramatic recovery: The tennis player lost the first set but roared back to win the match.
See also: back, roar

dull roar

n. a relatively quiet degree of noisiness. Try to keep it at a dull roar if you can.
See also: dull, roar
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And roars aren't delivered one at a time; instead, lions roar about 50 times in 90-second bouts.
Lions and tigers are deemed the kings of the beasts, partly because of their roars.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- When lions and tigers roar loudly and deeply - terrifying every creature within earshot - they are somewhat like human babies crying for attention, although their voices are much deeper.
The new study's key finding is that lions and tigers can roar loudly and deeply because their vocal folds have a flat, square shape and can withstand strong stretching and shearing.
We were trying to correct a previous assumption that lions and tigers roar at low fundamental frequencies because they have a huge vocal folds," says study co-author Tobias Riede, a research assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah and a research associate at the National Center for Voice and Speech.
ROAR & SNORE: Camp-outs are offered on Friday and Saturday nights from May through October.
4) Ten-year-old Luis Guevara possessed the winning roar.
Tenders of the 2002 Notes and the ROARs may be withdrawn at any time prior to the later of October 25, 2002 and the time AES announces that it has received valid and unwithdrawn tenders representing at least 75% in aggregate principal amount of the 2002 Notes and the ROARs on a combined basis but in no event later than the Expiration Date.
The purchase price to be paid for each validly tendered 6-3/8% ROARS will be based upon a fixed spread of 35 basis points over the yield to maturity on the 5-5/8% U.
The company expects that the purchase price for the ROARS will be fixed on May 25, 1999, when the yield on the reference Treasury Notes will be determined (or, if the tender offer is extended, the second business day prior to the expiration date).
In conjunction with the tender offer, consents to certain proposed amendments to the Indenture governing the ROARS are being solicited.
Holders who tender their ROARS prior to the consent deadline will receive the purchase price referred to above, plus a consent payment of $20 per $1,000 principal amount of ROARS.