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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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Lisa is this priss who tries to get Damon to tone down his music because he's really wild." Paula plays Damon's girlfriend, a twist between J-Lo and Lil' Kim.
("Osama," I can practically hear this vexed expert gently advising his client during witness prep, "you need to tone down that `death to America' stuff.
Maybe the barrel fermentation helped tone down the oak.
The court noted that a reporter might tone down a critical article if she feared that jail officials might terminate or restrict her future access.
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PM Hariri has asked Sfeir's Muslim critics to tone down their attacks against the Maronite Patriarch to spare the country another Christian-Muslim strife).
A BARBIE fan was told by police to tone down a window display after a complaint that some of the dolls were "inappropriately dressed".
Footballers have been told to tone down their language after a protest by the owners of their ground - a Mormon church.
Reason: Now that you've been elected, do you find you have to tone down your style?
Here, although Henderson offers a variety of practical explanations for specific developments, I feel that his determination to tone down earlier generalizations and to draw the foundations of Florentine charity back to the buon comune of Remigio de' Girolami, made him reluctant, despite the results his study yielded, to explore the possibility of a basic change in Florentine attitudes in the late Trecento, from celebration toward penance, from ad hoc civic charity to coordinated professional philanthropy.
If too much fluid were to enter a cylinder, the sensors would detect the problem and warn the computer by sending an electronic signal through the dino's wires, or "nerves." The computer would then send back instructions to slow the fluid flow and tone down the pressure.
Knox, writing in the May/June 1991 issue of Buzzworm, warns environmentalists to not allow their message to be diluted by the animal rights viewpoint, "lest the ever-elusive big picture doesn't get miniaturized into portraits of battered puppy dogs." In the April/May 1993 issue of Garbage, Bill Breen does little to tone down the rhetoric.
LONDON -- Global stocks pushed higher on Thursday following signals from the White House that US President Donald Trump may tone down his tariff plans.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Friday responded to the statement of Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo asking the media to 'tone down' reports on extrajudicial killings in the country.
West is said to have even encouraged his girlfriend to tone down her make-up to be more like the fashionable royal.