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The meaning of "dial down"

" Dial down "
1. Adjust a device to reduce sound or temperature. 2. Reduce one's emotional reaction to something.
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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