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dial it up/down

dial it up is to increase or escalate tensions or volume (sound); dial it down is to decrease or de-escalate tensions or volume (sound)

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  • probably a reference to physically turn the volume knob/dial on a volume control
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People are at a party and it is getting rowdy. Someone or police may knock on the door and ask the party host to dial it down

Submitted by TriplePurple on December 02, 2023

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