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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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But that's not all bad, because Shaq was powerful, and once he really got moving, not much was going to slow him down.
Steve Clarke is pleased to see his midfielder make progress but admitted he had been forced to slow him down a little to ensure he doesn't do too much, too soon.
TV duo Ant and Dec, who start a new gameshow tomorrow, said the 50-year-old had refused to let his huge success slow him down and was still full of bounce.
We do not want R to get hands on the receiver or chase him inside--just slow him down enough to force him to adjust and allow the hook-to-curl player time to get there.
[Pliny's mother begged him to leave her, afraid that she would slow him down. He refused, though, and they ran together, along with a crowd of other people.]
His main chute opened automatically but couldn't slow him down enough for a safe landing.
Bafalis hasn't let his injury slow him down. As vice president and general manager of the southern cone region for El Paso Energy, Bafalis is leading the pipeline and power company headfirst into South America.
Although he has devoted many hours to his wetland project, Jason has not let it slow him down. He received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, to accept a $7,500 award for an essay he submitted to the American Express Geography Essay Contest.
Do not let the receiver run with his arms out because that will slow him down. Make him find the ball first.
Cumming's not one to let the sniffles slow him down. He can't; hot from his talked-about turn as a hotel clerk with a jones for Tom Cruise in the summer release Eyes Wide Shut, he has no less than five projects chewing up the memory on his PalmPilot.