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The meaning of "dial down"

" Dial down "
Meaning:
1. Adjust a device to reduce sound or temperature. 2. Reduce one's emotional reaction to something.
Example:
1. It's boiling in here. Just dial down the thermostat would you? 2. Okay, so your favourite didn't win X-Factor. No need to bite the carpet - just dial it down a notch.
Where did it originate?:
USA, late 20th century.
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