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tamp down

1. To pat, press, or pack some loose substance down. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tamp" and "down." He tamped down the tobacco into his pipe and lit it with a match. Don't tamp the soil down too hard, or the seeds won't have space to grow.
2. To lower or dampen something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tamp" and "down." The analyst is recommending that investors tamp down their expectations for the economy's performance. I don't want to tamp his hopes down, but I don't want him to end up disappointed, either.
3. To suppress or demoralize someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tamp" and "down." My ex-husband was always trying to tamp me down so that I would think I didn't deserve anything better in life. There will always be bullies who tamp you down for being different.
4. To limit, manage, or moderate someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tamp" and "down." My doctor prescribed some medication to tamp me down when my mood swings become too erratic. Whenever I get really stressed out or angry because of work, I always listen to classical music to help tamp me down.
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tamp something down

to pat or pack something down. Tamp the soil down over the seeds after you plant them. Please tamp down the soil firmly.
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New York- A group led by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank has acquired a major stake in Uber, potentially tamping down internal warfare at the troubled ride-hailing company and strengthening the hand of CEO Dara Khosrowshahi as he seeks to move it past the firestorm that has consumed it for the past year.
(Twitter) PARIS: Up-to-date Microsoft customers are safe from the purported National Security Agency spying tools dumped online, the software company said Saturday, tamping down fears that the digital arsenal was poised to wreak havoc across the Internet .
The case is being widely watched across Ukraine as a bellwether for the issue of selective justice, especially as the pugnacious Korban earned gratitude for his role in tamping down separatism in Eastern Ukraine.
"I will discuss with President Rivlin the work that we are doing to develop another memorandum of understanding that can lay the foundation for additional long-term assistance for Israel's defenses," Obama said, adding they would also discuss "what is a very volatile neighborhood" in the Middle East and "the challenges that we all face from terrorism, from instability in the Middle East." Obama also said they would discuss ways in which the United States can be "helpful in tamping down tensions between Israelis and Palestinians." "Although obviously this is a time at which the prospects of a serious peace may seem distant, it is important that we continue to try," Obama said.
Najib's statement may go some way toward tamping down some of the more fevered speculation about the plane's fate, including one theory some grief-stricken relatives had seized on: that the plane had been hijacked and forced to land somewhere.
While earnings are generated by the interest rate the Fed charges to banks in refinancing operations, the bulk of the Fed's 2013 earnings came from interest accrued from the asset-purchase program, which is aimed at tamping down long-term interest rates to encourage US lending and hiring.
Let us hope that, as 2013 becomes 2014, we have a simple, easy proposition by ICAO that suits the needs of the marketplace while also tamping down carbon emissions.
Last week, Corporate America had hailed the Union Cabinet's decision in this regard saying these bold economic reforms would benefit Indian consumers by bringing efficiencies and productivity to the farm-to-fork supply chain, while tamping down rising food prices and inflation.
Some lawmakers have also argued that cutting off security and development aid credited here with tamping down extremist violence against Israel would be counterproductive.
economy and tamping down fears of it spilling over into the global financial system, although some felt it may be prudent to book profits from the recent rally.
For example, the Washington Post cites containing al-Qaida, tamping down sectarian conflict, intercepting weapons from Iran and maintaining peace between Iraqi Kurdistan and the rest of the country.
The steps, announced jointly by the US Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and the central banks of Canada, England and Switzerland, were aimed at tamping down a financial crisis that erupted this summer when record housing foreclosures led to a steep slowdown in lending.
But drug interdiction and mandatory jail time for repeat offenders has gone a long way toward tamping down what had been a spiraling epidemic of violence in major U.S.