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keep it down to a dull roar

To be quiet or stop making a lot of noise. Often used as a command. 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

v.
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
References in classic literature ?
The accompanying roar was all but drowned in Perry's scream of fright, and he came near tumbling headlong into the gaping jaws beneath him, so precipitate was his impetuous haste to vacate the dangerous limb.
Next, Mulcachy laid hands on him, on his head, on his ears, on his very nose within an inch of his fangs; and he could do nothing but snarl and roar and pant for breath as the noose shut off his breathing.
In fact, the Iron Heel was preparing to make the abysmal beast roar.
His sudden roar of pain and rage was smothered by a volley from the apes, who had seen Tarzan's act.
de Chagny that Erik imitated the roar of a lion on a long tabour or timbrel, with an ass's skin at one end.
Having stirred this prodigious up- roar, and, apparently, finding it too prodigious, the brigade, after a little time, came marching airily out again with its fine formation in nowise disturbed.
Thus there is another gale in my memory, a thing of endless, deep, humming roar, moonlight, and a spoken sentence.
Just as he spoke there came from the forest a terrible roar, and the next moment a great Lion bounded into the road.
GENERAL ROAR OF LAUGHTER, TAKEN BY HARRIS AS A COMPLIMENT.
growing ever stronger and fuller and merging into a deafening roar.
The roar of our rifles was constantly shattering the world-old silence of stupendous canons upon which the eye of man had never before gazed.
From afar came the answering wail of a leopard and the deep roar of a lion.
Then he roared--the fearsome, terror-inspiring roar of the hungry lion which is also angry.
the leap, the screaming and the splashing of the horse, and the crunch crunch of bones; and yet again, the sombre twilight and the sad silence of the end of day, and then the great full-throated roar, sudden, like a trump of doom, and swift upon it the insane shrieking and chattering among the trees, and I, too, am trembling with fear and am one of the many shrieking and chattering among the trees.
Naw," responded Jimmie with a valiant roar, "dese micks can't make me run.