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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 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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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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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were fed up with hearing the foul language drifting from the side lines and pitch of the nearby ground at London Road, Maidstone, so they asked their tenants, Maidstone United, to tone down their language.
BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman met separately Friday with MPs Sami Gemayel and Nawwaf Musawi, and stressed the need to tone down political rhetoric.
Not content to wait for results from GLAAD's efforts, the San Francisco-based gay group Horizons Foundation on February 24 launched a nationwide newspaper ad campaign urging Schlessinger to tone down her antigay rhetoric.
Then they noted how much they had to tone down the laser before the organelles started moving again, figuring that the minimum amount of force needed to keep the organelles stationary must equal the force of the motor system itself.
Heckman says that the APA would like to see the NFPA and others that frown upon fireworks use tone down the anti-fireworks campaign and turn up the safety message.
These statements make it hard for us to sell the Philippines, so I hope, we could if possible - this does not only refer to VP Leni but also to the media - let us tone down those references to extrajudicial killings.
Ashkar called upon politicians to tone down their political debates
SCOTS actress Kathleen McDermott says she's had to tone down her accent for the new Irvine Welsh film Wedding Belles.
That's why Engilman has decided to tone down his approach during this stint, and he's OK with that.
The PM is now set to tone down the Immigration and Asylum Bill.
But having come from the world of independent filmmaking, and having made two shorts with gay content, did you feel you had to tone down your sensibility to adhere to the constraints of making a big movie?
Heckman says that the APA would like to see the NFPA and others that frown upon fireworks use, to tone down the anti-fireworks campaign and turn up the safety message.
These statements make it hard for us to sell the Philippines, so I hope, we could if possible-this does not only refer to VP Leni but also to the media-let us tone down those references to extrajudicial killings,' Teo told reporters in a press briefing.
The fiery Scot, who used the f-word 84 times in the first episode of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, was warned to tone down his outbursts.
One darn problem: During a same-day, live-to-tape production of the ``Best Darn Super Bowl Road Show,'' the first seven-minute segment that was not meant to air did so by accident, making for an awkward scene on a day Fox was trying to tone down use of the word ``damn'' that's used as part of the show's title when it is played on FSN cable.