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settle down

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. The city center is always really hectic just after work, but it usually starts to settle down around 8 PM.
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settle down

 
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.
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settle down

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]
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settle down

v.
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.
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"There were many more men in the survey that were interested in settling down than I would have expected 20 years ago and I think that's also a reflection of what's going on socially for women who are seeing themselves more independently." Ms Board, commissioned by Archers Schnapps as part of a wider year-long research project into the social behaviour of 18-34-year-olds in the UK, said the hit TV show Sex And The City was tearing down previously-held social preconceptions.
GIRL'S VIEW Cosmopolitan assistant editor Nina Ahmad IF a man or woman is thinking of having a final fling before settling down, they've got to think about what it will do to the other person involved.
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The self-confessed lothario has revealed he has no intention of settling down. He said: "I"m very happy being single.
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Forty per cent say the ideal age of settling down is between 25 and 27 years old.
"Put it this way, if I went to a party tonight and bumped into a fantastic girl - whereas three years ago it might have led to a short-term relationship, now I definitely keep my thoughts open to the idea of settling down and breeding."
The former boyband idol says he wants to play the field when it comes to women and has no intention of settling down for another 20 years.
"I must say it's been the hardest three-months of my rugby life and we're now just looking forward to settling down.
Soccer idol George Best is settling down to a life of domestic bliss after years of serious hell-raising.