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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
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We got a polite response turning us down and suggesting we use one of the rose gardens outside of the stadium.
I know there's been a bit of a kerfuffle over Moussa Sissoko turning us down and moving on to somewhere he thinks he's better off at, but what extra would he have brought us?
"Leeann cited renovation work, logistical reasons and the time frame as reasons for turning us down. We are sure these could have been overcome and we could have worked together to sort it out.
However, Pardew today fielded questions on the Frenchman and told the Chronicle: "I don't think it was about turning us down.
Credit to Venables on the integrity he showed in turning us down, though.
"I can understand Robbie's reasons for turning us down.
FC United spokesman Russell Delaney said: "We understand Brian's reasons for turning us down, but there are other people we would like to speak to.
"I'm firmly convinced they didn't want to speak to us because they know ours was the best case and if they came and spoke to us they would have had difficulty turning us down."
If they are turning us down, it's because they found out they would have to pay in the future."
Solicitor Soyab Patel, speaking on behalf of Club Code, said: ``The committee gave its reasons for turning us down because it claimed it is protecting the residents of Southport as they have to live `cheek-byjowl' with premises like Club Code, but there were no arguments from neighbours.''
Colin said: "They never had a reason for turning us down.
But it did not prevent one senior Welsh player commenting: "When you see ordinary players like this turning us down, it is an embarrassment.
"They are all turning us down. I'm not as far advanced as I'd like to be and I'd like to get it done in the next 10 days.