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She had toned down, Cousin Francis told her, with evident approval.

Terry's demands were toned down to fit the equipment at hand.

Consequently the drama did not appear till 1831, much polished and toned down.

The exhilaration was not lost behind the horses, it was only toned down.

Properly dressed, and toned down a bit, she'd make a sensation.

The audience has toned down to the level English standard of propriety.

Many of these enthusiastic utterances had afterwards to be toned down.

Nelson toned down the volume of his beamer and fired at a fence post.

But in the later versions the savage features are toned down.

She toned down carefully with every improvement in his strength.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French ton (13c.), from Latin tonus "a sound, tone, accent," literally "stretching" (in Medieval Latin, a term peculiar to music), from Greek tonos "vocal pitch, raising of voice, accent, key in music," originally "a stretching, taut string," related to teinein "to stretch" (see tenet). Sense of "manner of speaking" is from c.1600. First reference to firmness of body is from 1660s.

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