turn down

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turn down

1. To lower or diminish the intensity of something, such as volume, pressure, brightness, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "down." Would you mind turning down your radio? It's very distracting. They turned the lights down before the movie started.
2. To dismiss, reject, spurn, or refuse someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "down." It broke my heart, but I had to turn down the couple's application down because they didn't meet our lending criteria. I asked her out on a date, but she turned me down. The bosses turned me down for a promotion.
3. To fold something over itself. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "down." Make sure you turn down your collar after you tie your necktie. I think beds look nicer when you turn the sheets down at the pillow.
4. To tidy and arrange a bed. In this usage, "bed" or "beds" can be used between "turn" and "down." You'll need to replace customers' towels, empty their waste bins, and turn down their beds. Please turn your bed down after you wake up in the morning.
See also: down, turn

turn someone down

to issue a refusal to someone. We had to turn Joan down, even though her proposal was okay. We turned down Joan, even though her credentials were good.
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turn something down

 
1. to bend or fold something down. He turned his coat collar down when he got inside the house. Timmy had turned down his cuffs and caught one of them in his bicycle chain.
2. to decrease the volume of something. Please turn the radio down. Can't you turn down that stereo?
3. to reject something; to deny someone's request. The board turned our request down. She had turned down John's offer of help, too.
See also: down, turn

turn down

1. Fold or double down, as in They always turn down your bed here, or Turn down your collar. [c. 1600]
2. Invert, as in She turned down her cards, or They turn down the glasses in the cupboard. [Mid-1700s]
3. Reject, fail to accept, as in They turned down his proposal, or Joe was turned down at four schools before he was finally accepted. [Late 1800s]
4. Diminish in volume, brightness, or speed. For example, Please turn down the radio; it's too loud, or They turned down the lights and began to dance. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: down, turn

turn down

v.
1. To diminish the speed, volume, intensity, or flow of something by or as if by turning a dial: Turn down the radio, please. He turned down the TV so his roommate could study.
2. To reject or refuse someone or something: I turned down the invitation. We turned them down because their offer was too low.
3. To fold something downward: I turned my collar down. She turned down the flaps on her hat to protect her ears from the cold.
4. To prepare some bed by folding the outer covering down: The hotel maid came in and turned down the bed.
See also: down, turn
References in classic literature ?
I turned him down, cold, and he made a sneak; but followed me down to Eighteenth, and tried his hot air again.
Did Billy say he was going to shoot himself back of the laundry if you turned him down?"
figure By JUST BRENDA Hi Brenda,My ex asked me to marry him and I turned him down because I felt I wasn't ready.
After I turned him down, things just started going south.
He snagged interviews with all the major party leaders, except Prime Minister David Cameron - who turned him down. Boo.
"Sexton has turned him down so we are asking the Board to strip Mr Sexton of the belt because he has not defended his title."
In 1789, President George Washington asked Congress to pass a draft law, but lawmakers turned him down.
One nice guy who turned him down at the Evening Star did tell Al that he knew a guy who was planning to launch a weekly newsletter aimed at the new television industry and might be hiring.
Banks turned him down because they could not verify his income and because he scored below the 660 credit score needed for a jumbo loan.
But they turned him down. Leigh said: "I'd had a perfect record with them- never once behind by a day.
You had his right arm at the wrist in your right hand and simply turned him down onto the floor, which stank of wear and sawdust.
A local gay theater turned him down, as did an African-American theater.
Department officials turned him down, saying they feared for the safety of the planting crews.
He was self-employed and had lost lots of money in the stock market Banks turned him down because they could not verify his income and because he scored below the 660 credit score needed for a jumbo loan.
But benefits chiefs turned him down when he applied for Disability Living Allowance worth around pounds 200 a month.