Definitions

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  • v. To be quiet; to refrain from being noisy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become quiet or quieter

Etymologies

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Examples

  • He threw the pipe down and muttered, 'Faeces, nothing but faeces.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • He set his pipe down in the ashtray and looked steadily at Mr. Speidel.

    1968

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  • Believed to have been coined in the early 1800s. From OED: "The action of piping down a crew; a call on the boatswain's pipe signalling sailors to retire for the night; the time at which this signal is sounded."

    January 8, 2008