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calm (sb) down

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with calm   /kɑːm/ us  
B2 to stop feeling upset, angry, or excited, or to stop someone feeling this way: She sat down and took a few deep breaths to calm herself down. She was angry at first but we managed to calm her down. Calm down, for goodness sake. It's nothing to get excited about!Calming and relaxingReassuring
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