Mitt Romney has been meeting with seasoned politicos and consultants to try to tone down his just-scrubbed image.
The tradeoff was that they had two years to tone down their riskiest trading, which involved borrowing lots of money on each bet.
Speechwriter Mark Katz quickly scrambled to tone down the jokes.
mid-14c., from Old French ton (13c.), from Latin tonus "a sound, tone, accent," literally "stretching" (in Medieval Latin, a term peculiar to music), from Greek tonos "vocal pitch, raising of voice, accent, key in music," originally "a stretching, taut string," related to teinein "to stretch" (see tenet). Sense of "manner of speaking" is from c.1600. First reference to firmness of body is from 1660s.
"to impart tone to," 1811, from tone (n.). Related: Toned; toning.
The quality or character of sound.
The character of voice expressing an emotion.
The normal state of elastic tension or partial contraction in resting muscles.
Normal firmness of a tissue or an organ.