lower the tone


lower the tone
if something lowers the tone of a place, it makes it less suitable for people of a high social class, and if something lowers the tone of a conversation or a piece of writing, it makes it less polite or of a lower quality.

The locals don't like students living around here. It lowers the tone of the neighbourhood.

(usually + of)

Trust you to lower the tone of the evening by telling rude jokes, Ian!


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • raise the tone — lower the tone if something lowers the tone of a place, it makes it less suitable for people of a high social class, and if something lowers the tone of a conversation or a piece of writing, it makes it less polite or of a lower quality. A… …   New idioms dictionary

  • tone — ► NOUN 1) a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength. 2) the sound of a person s voice, expressing a feeling or mood. 3) general character: trust her to lower the tone of the conversation. 4) (also whole tone) a… …   English terms dictionary

  • tone — tone1 W2 [təun US toun] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(voice)¦ 2¦(sound)¦ 3¦(general feeling/attitude)¦ 4¦(colour)¦ 5¦(electronic sound)¦ 6 raise/lower the tone (of something) 7¦(body)¦ 8¦(music)¦ 9¦(voice level)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lower — low|er1 [ˈləuə US ˈlouər] adj 1.) [only before noun] below something else, especially below something of the same type ≠ ↑upper ▪ Nina chewed her lower lip anxiously. ▪ Ruth went down to the lower deck (=lower level on a ship) . your lower limbs… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tone — tone1 [ toun ] noun *** ▸ 1 sound of voice ▸ 2 character of something ▸ 3 quality of voice etc. ▸ 4 signal/warning sound ▸ 5 color ▸ 6 of musical note ▸ 7 firmness of muscles etc. ▸ 8 in linguistics 1. ) count or uncount the sound of someone s… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tone — I UK [təʊn] / US [toʊn] noun Word forms tone : singular tone plural tones *** 1) a) [countable/uncountable] the sound of someone s voice that shows what they are feeling Meredith trembled at the tenderness in his tone. a tone of voice: Really?… …   English dictionary

  • lower — 1 adjective 1 (only before noun) below something else, especially beneath something of the same type: Nina chewed her lower lip anxiously. | the lower limbs (=legs) 2 (only before noun) at or near the bottom of something: the lower slopes of the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tone — [[t]to͟ʊn[/t]] ♦♦♦ tones, toning, toned 1) N COUNT: with supp, usu pl The tone of a sound is its particular quality. Cross could hear him speaking in low tones to Sarah. ...the clear tone of the bell. 2) N COUNT: usu with supp Someone s tone is a …   English dictionary

  • tone — noun 1》 a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength.     ↘a musical note, warble, or other sound used as a signal on a telephone or answering machine. 2》 a modulation of the voice expressing a feeling or mood. 3》… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Tone terracing — is a type of phonetic downdrift, where the high or mid tones, but not the low tone, shift downward in pitch (downstep) after certain other tones. The result is that a tone may be realized at a certain pitch over a short stretch of speech, shifts… …   Wikipedia


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