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Idiom of the week – Dial back

Posted by englishlessons on January 13, 2014

Definition:

decrease in intensity/strength

Examples:

We advised him to dial back his anger. He needs to control his temper in meetings.

Her sales approach is too aggressive. She needs to dial it back a bit.

Picture it:

Picture moving the dial back on a control panel to reduce the volume.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “dial back” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English.

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