Once I got hired, my friend told me not to wear what I would normally wear to bartend—in other words, tone down the cleavage.
Mitt Romney has been meeting with seasoned politicos and consultants to try to tone down his just-scrubbed image.
However, JFK would eventually ask his wife to tone down the Frenchness.
Speechwriter Mark Katz quickly scrambled to tone down the jokes.
Progressives would be wise to tone down the triumphalism—at least in the run up to midterms.
It is no concern of ours to explain the phenomenon that followed, or to tone down its supernatural elements.
I thought you ought to tone down a little, so I tried to put you wise.
I only regret that I have had to tone down so much of dialect in her versions.
"And you might tone down the family notes for him," suggested Fairy.
She must do something to tone down the beating of her heart.
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.