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slow down

1. To decrease in speed. Would you please slow down—you're going 100 miles an hour! Once he slowed down and started speaking clearly, I finally understood what he was talking about.
2. To cause, compel, or force someone or something to decrease in speed. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slow" and "down" in this use. You really should slow the engine down before shifting gears like that. We need to try to slow down their linebacker, or he's going to keep sacking our quarterback all day long.
3. To decrease in frequency, intensity, or activity. She's got too much going on at the moment, between work and the kids. She needs to slow down or she's going to have a heart attack! The company announced they were slowing down production after the lukewarm response to the latest product.
4. To cause, compel, or force someone or something to decrease in frequency, intensity, or activity. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slow" and "down" in this use. The government plans to slow their infrastructure investments down over the next year to help balance the federal budget. My arthritis has really started slowing me down lately.
See also: down, slow

slow down

to decrease speed; to go slower. Please slow down. You are going too fast.
See also: down, slow

slow down

1. Delay, retard, reduce speed, as in She slowed down the sled by dragging her foot, or Slow down, Bill; you're driving much too fast. [First half of 1800s] Also see slow up.
2. Become less active or vigorous, as in Now that I'm in my seventies I find I've slowed down quite a bit. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: down, slow

slow down

v.
1. To decrease the speed or rate of something: The chef slowed down the mixer and added some flour to the batter. We slowed the boat down as we entered the harbor.
2. To move, work, or happen at a slower rate: We slowed down so that we could read the road sign.
3. To delay someone or something; retard someone or something: An injury slowed down the runner. A virus has slowed my computer down.
See also: down, slow
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Unfortunately we must constantly remind motorists that excessive speeds, failing to drive to weather conditions, distracted driving, and neglecting to slow down and move over can lead to penalties and the ultimate cost, injury and death, said Schuler.
According to the AA, drivers who spot a horse should slow down and give them a wide berth.
SWANA plans to continue its efforts to improve safety in the solid waste industry through the Slow Down to Get Around initiative, its new chapter-based Safety Ambassador initiative, and a variety of safety and compliance training workshops and webinars.
She said: "About eight years ago my horse was spooked by a wagon driver who refused to slow down. When I signalled to ask him, he beeped his horn and revved faster, frightening my horse and causing him to bolt off without me on the side of a very busy road.
The expanded Slow Down Move Over regulation requires drivers to drop their speed as soon as flashing lights are visible.
What if everyone is too busy in their "me/ mine" circles to slow down and care?
And these people who get in the overtaking lane and won't move back also slow down traffic.
Kanye West has urged Kim Kardashian to slow down following recent health scare.
So, I hit the brakes to slow down and eventually stopped as the signal turned red.
Washington, Nov 10 (ANI): Scientists have now come up with avant-garde speed bumps, which can harvest electricity from cars when they are required to slow down or come to a stop.
CREATIVE school children from Ynysddu, Deri and Bedwas primary schools got gift vouchers to recognise their efforts to get drivers to slow down.
Prof Robert West, director of tobacco studies at the Cancer Research UK health behaviour research centre, said: "As the country tightens its financial belt, we've seen the number of smokers trying to quit slow down.
Professor Robert West, director of tobacco studies at the Cancer Research UK health behaviour research centre, said: "As the country tightens its financial belt, we've seen the number of smokers trying to quit slow down.
The exact reason why these citizens want to slow down vehicles in front of their homes can't be clearly understood.
IT'S HARD TO slow down when you are in a duck blind or a goose pit with other shooters.