[ turn-doun ]
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  1. that is or may be turned down; folded or doubled down: a turndown collar.

  1. an act or instance of being refused or rejected: He got turndowns from all the better colleges.

Origin of turndown

First recorded in 1830–40; from verb phrase turn down

Words Nearby turndown

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How to use turndown in a sentence

  • His turndown collar was disputing territory with his tie and his waistcoat.

  • She had a perfect view of his thick red neck in its turndown collar, crossed by a black bow over a shiny white shirt.

    Beyond | John Galsworthy
  • He's got an angels-ever-bright-and-fair expression, smiles to turn milk, dog's eyes, and a turndown collar.

    A Man in the Open | Roger Pocock
  • And countless others turndown better jobs because they know, if they take the better job, they'll lose their health insurance.

  • He was dressed in a loose suit of light-colored clothes, wore a negligee shirt, with a soft turndown collar, and had no vest.

    Frank Merriwell's Son | Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for turn down

turn down

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to reduce (the volume or brightness) of (something): turn the radio down

  2. to reject or refuse

  1. to fold down (a collar, sheets on a bed, etc)

  1. (prenominal) capable of being or designed to be folded or doubled down

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Other Idioms and Phrases with turndown


Fold or double down, as in They always turn down your bed here, or Turn down your collar. [c. 1600]

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