settle down

phrasal verb

settled down; settling down; settles down
: to become quiet, calm, or orderly
Settle down, children.
When things settle down here, I'll come for a visit.
: to begin to live a quiet and steady life by getting a regular job, getting married, etc.
They swore they would never settle down and get married.
: to put oneself into a comfortable position
He settled down for the night.
: to become quiet and begin giving one's attention to something
They quickly settled down to their work.

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Recent Examples on the Web The Miami Dolphins cornerback has an offseason to allow last year’s groin injuries to settle down. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2023

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“Settle down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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