Definition of dial something down in English:

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dial something down

1Adjust the control on an electrical device so as to reduce the level of sound, light, heat, etc. produced: after 15 minutes of frustration, someone on the stand took the hint and dialled down the music
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  • The sound mix is quite strong in terms of dialogue and sound effects, but I felt like the music was dialed down a little too low in many scenes.
  • At times Ennio Morricone's pulsating score is dialed down a little too low in favor of capturing all of the sound design, but it's not a terrible trade.
  • Firefighters and other city workers went door to door, asking building managers to dial down the power.
1.1 informal Lessen the amount, intensity, or degree of a quality, factor, etc. he’s dialled down the rage that seems to permeate his other novels having read this review I think I will dial down my expectations a little
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  • It's true that MTV has dialed down and almost eliminated its war coverage in recent weeks, returning to its party-all-the-time spring break programming.
  • It isn't the only big food company to react to the recession by dialing down new product development, which is expensive and risky.
  • We don't all have to start quoting scripture, we just have to dial down the mockery a notch.
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