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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.
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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
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We made him an offer and he turned us down. Neither of them actually want to fight Joshua.'
We have written to the academy severally, offered our members but the academy has turned us down.
Decca initially turned us down, but when they eventually gave us an audition later that year, vocalist Roger Ferris was the lead voice and David sang backing harmonies."
Ideally, this would have happened weeks ago but, despite the generous offers we have made, every opponent we have approached has turned us down.
Mr Karori's mother Mary Oisebe said she could not understand why a person they had lived with for years had killed her son.Mr Karori's brother Denis Ogechi said: "We dont know exactly if all that led to his death was the Sh100 because we had even offered to pay him but he turned us down, only to insist that all he wanted was to kill him.
"Unfortunately, we both have asthma and they turned us down. So, I donate to the VA and I do what I can.
Watford have rejected our approach for Silva and Big Sam has turned us down - that is such a relief!
We contacted a charity specialising in this but its representative turned us down because of the construction of our home - it is steel at its core but this has been bricked over at a cost of PS13,500.
"We sought to introduce a bylaw in 2012 to stop it, but the then Secretary of State turned us down, saying we should work with them, but that wasn't something we wanted to do as it would legitimise something we thought was bad for our city." He added: "The order is about us cracking down on issues which people find troublesome in the city."
But Russian officials turned us down," International Transporters' Association (UND) executive Fatih E[currency]ener told the daily, maintaining that "as [the timing] of this event coincides with Russia's intervention in Syria, we thought there was a correlated action between the two."
Sam Allardyce was angered by referee Jon Moss' decision making: "When we needed a little bit of help from the referee but he turned us down today and going into the last throws of the game there was a defi-nite penalty on Alex Song - there's no doubt about that," he said.
"We have reports from experts backing our case and yet the Legal Aid Board have turned us down, so we are challenging this."
"Sadly, two places have already turned us down, so we are waiting to hear if he can be rehomed soon."
Ferguson said: "We tried to buy him from Southampton and they turned us down. It was not the boy who turned us down, it was Southampton, then a few weeks later he signed for TOTTENHAM.
"Twitter turned us down, so we dispatched police to cover the theater while we sought a subpoena to force Twitter to disclose the identity of the account holder," Browne said.