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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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In its annual human rights report issued in early March, the State Department "toned down past criticism of Egypt's military tribunals in the wake of the Bush Administration's own announcement that it might use such tribunals to try suspected terrorists," Todd S.
Foreign governments have 'considerably toned down' their expressions of concern about the human rights situation in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday evening.
THE X Fa Fa Fa t ct ct ctor or or UK' K' K' K' K's i li li li li live ve ve THE X Factor UK's live performances are to be toned down after raunchy performances brought an outcry last year.
London, June 6 (ANI): Coronation Street character Liz McDonald's outfits are being toned down as her low-cut tops look even more revealing in the super-sharp high-definition shots.
IRELAND: Alan Quinlan has called for the optimism surrounding Declan Kidney's "exciting" squad to be toned down until after their autumn series of Tests.
The C-Airplay could make it into production next year, possibly with a removable roof as a replacement for the Pluriel, but the futuristic interior will be toned down for the showrooms.
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If they face a lot of games the training should be toned down accordingly.
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"It's toned down a bit, but still offers a lot in the way of color."
Sandburg removed Billy Sunday's name and toned down the language.
'I hope the statements could be toned down because I am having a hard time selling [the Philippines],' she said.
London, Apr 13 (ANI): It seems Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan's former lover Samantha's "encouraging" phone call has done wonders for her, as she has toned down her wild ways since then.
ATHLETICS: US indoor sprint champion Michael Rodgers has toned down his verbal attack on Dwain Chambers ahead of their possible meeting this weekend at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Valencia.
Alastair Campbell toned down his memoirs of life in No10 after friends of the PM asked him not to reveal how Blair regularly turns the air blue.