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To make someone less angry

calm down

to begin to feel more relaxed and less emotional, or to make someone do this

pacify

verb

to make someone who is angry, worried, or upset feel calmer or happier

appease

verb

to say or do something in order to make someone feel less angry

placate

verb

to stop someone feeling angry or offended by being nice to them or by giving them what they want

mollify

verb

to make someone feel less angry or upset

propitiate

verb

to try to stop someone from being angry with you by doing something to please them

calm

verb

to make someone feel more relaxed and less emotional

conciliate

verb

to do something in order to end an argument or make someone feel less angry

disarm

verb

to make someone feel less angry or unfriendly because of the way you behave or talk to them

smooth someone’s ruffled feathers

to try to make someone who feels offended less angry

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a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

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