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abrasive tone

A sound that is grating, dissonant, or generally unpleasant to hear. I find that a lot of music has such an abrasive tone these days that I can't even bear to listen to it.
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lower the tone

To make something less polite, intellectual, or cultured. The fart jokes really lowered the tone of an otherwise smart and engaging film.
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set the tone

To establish the mood of something, or the manner in which something will be conducted. Her warm greeting really set the tone for the dinner party, which was one of the loveliest I have ever attended. The first paragraph really sets the tone for the rest of the piece by introducing subtle humor and an unexpected point of view.
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tone down

To make something less intense, ostentatious, or harsh. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tone" and "down." You should really tone down the angry rhetoric in the article, or people won't take it seriously. I get that you're going for a unique look, but your outfit clashes really badly. Try toning it down a bit.
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tone in (with something)

To blend, match, or be congruous (with something). I really hate the design he came up with for this extension—it just doesn't tone in with the rest of the house at all! Considering the pastel colors of the rest of the house, I think a "mint ice cream" hue would tone in nicely for the front hallway.
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tone up

1. To become leaner, tighter, and more muscular. I really want to tone up before my wedding this August.
2. To cause someone or some body part to become leaner, tighter, and more muscular. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tone" and "up." Our program promises to tone you up in just six weeks. Cycling to work each morning has gone a long way toward toning up my legs.
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tone someone or something up

to make someone or something stronger or more fit, muscularly. I suggested an exercise that would tone him up and make him feel better. The exercises toned up his tummy muscles. I need to get busy and tone myself up.
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tone something down

to cause something to have less of an impact on the senses of sight or sound; to lessen the impact of something prepared for public performance or consumption. This is rather shocking. You had better tone it down a bit. Tone down this paragraph.
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tone down

Make less vivid, harsh, or violent; moderate. For example, That's a little too much rouge; I'd tone it down a bit, or Do you think I should tone down this letter of complaint? This idiom uses tone in the sense of "adjust the tone or quality of something," as does the antonym, tone up, meaning "brighten or strengthen." For example, These curtains will tone up the whole room, or This exercise is said to tone up the triceps. [Mid-1800s]
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lower the tone

If something lowers the tone of a place or event, it makes it seem less respectable. Councillors say plastic-framed windows lower the tone of the neighbourhood. I drank four cans of beer — I pride myself on lowering the tone at parties where everyone else is drinking champagne.
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lower the tone

diminish the spirit or moral character of a conversation, place, etc.
Tone here is used to mean the general character or attitude of a conversation, place, piece of writing, etc.
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lower the ˈtone (of something)

make the general character and attitude of something, such as a place, a piece of writing or the atmosphere of an event, less polite or respectable: Residents were afraid that a fast-food restaurant would lower the tone of the street.
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set the ˈtone (of/for something)

create or establish a general feeling or atmosphere among a group of people (about a particular subject): His very clever and very funny speech set the tone for the rest of the evening.
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tone down

v.
To make something less vivid, harsh, or violent; moderate something: We toned down our comedy routine so as not to offend our audience. The decorator suggested a beige material to tone the room down.
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tone in

v.
To match or harmonize with something: The sofa was a strange color, but it toned in well after we painted the walls. That new house doesn't tone in with the rest of the neighborhood.
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tone up

v.
1. To make something firmer or stronger: Walking to work has toned up my legs. I toned my stomach up by doing sit-ups every day.
2. To become firmer or stronger: My body has really toned up since I started this exercise program.
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References in classic literature ?
"My name is Manicamp," replied the young man, in a voice whose tones were as harmonious and sweet as the notes of an AEolian harp.
Here Jacques Coictier, who had been unhorsed by the archdeacon's impetuous replies, regained his saddle, and interrupted him with the triumphant tone of one learned man correcting another,--" Erras amice Claudi .
The curfew of the cloister sounded at the moment when Master Jacques was repeating to his companion in low tones, his eternal refrain, "He is mad!" To which his companion this time replied, "I believe that he is."
How lovely is all speech and all falsehoods of tones! With tones danceth our love on variegated rainbows.--
Choosing your colorscheme can be difficult.Mapping colors to your clothes is as much science as it is an art.So, let'sfirst determine your skin tone.
The latest and most advanced wearable wireless audio products from LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiled at IFA 2018, highlighted by LG TONE Platinum SE (model HBS-1120) with a dedicated Google Assistant button and LG TONE Ultra SE (model HBS-835S) featuring an external speaker, said the company.
Visitors to LG's IFA booth in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from August 31 to September 5 will have a chance to experience the TONE series of earphones up close.
That's why we added a filtered version to our tone and probe lineup - it was the most requested enhancement.
To summarize, we present consistent evidence of contrarian trading on the part of corporate executives who are responsible for setting the tone of their companies' conference calls.
First announced back in January at CES 2017, the LG Tone Studio is a new iteration of LG's around-the-neck headset design.
Two distinctive tones are often recognized in Igbo--the high tone and the low tone; in addition, there is a third tone, a downstepped high (whose occurrence is restricted).
LG Electronics said it has unveiled a new Bluetooth headset in its award-winning TONE series, the LG TONE Active(TM).
A selection of the best 2 Tone images submitted as part of the campaign will be featured in Patrick Connellan's set-design for ree Minute Heroes, which plays on the Belgrade B2 stage from Saturday October 4 until Saturday October 25.
For Method II (a magnitude adjustment methodology), subjects were asked to listen to broadband noise with a tonal component and adjust the level of the tone in the signal until it became just annoying.
Theobald Wolfe Tone presents a number of difficult challenges for a biographer.