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1. To begin being less excited, nervous, or anxious, or to stop being rowdy or boisterous; to calm down. I was so shaken after the accident that it took me nearly an hour to settle down. Children, settle down and stop making so much noise, or I'll keep each of you here after school! The city is always really hectic just after work, but it usually starts to settle down around 8 PM.
2. To begin or settle into a life of stability, responsibility, and peace (typically by getting married). I never thought that John, who was always such a hell-raiser in college, would settle down with a wife, kids, and a 9-to-5 job. I was plenty wild in my youth. Now I'm ready to settle down.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. to calm down. Now, children, it's time to settle down and start class. If you don't settle down, I'll send you all home.
2. to settle into a stable way of life; to get married and settle into a stable way of life. Tom, don't you think it's about time you settled down and stopped all of this running around? Bill and Ann decided to settle down and start a family.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Begin living a stable, orderly life; also, marry. For example, After traveling all over the world for years, he decided to settle down in his home town , or Her parents wished she would settle down and raise a family. [Early 1600s]
2. Become calm, less nervous, or less restless, as in Come on, children, it's time to settle down. [Mid-1800s]
3. Apply oneself seriously, as in If you don't settle down to your homework, you'll never get it done. [First half of 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To begin living a stable and orderly life: She got a nine-to-five job and settled down in the suburbs. I've finally settled down with my sweetheart.
2. To become calm or composed: Hours passed before the children finally settled down. I'll have more free time once things settle down at the office. We made some popcorn and settled down to watch the movie.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.