dial sth down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb

or dial it down

  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to reduce the tension or intensity of a situation

    I am told that the two men have agreed that they need to "dial down" the extent to which the two parties pick public fights with each other before the coalition becomes fatally fractured and factionalised.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 22/04/2012