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


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



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Origin of turndown

First recorded in 1830–40; from verb phrase turn down
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British Dictionary definitions for turndown

turn down

verb (tr, adverb)

to reduce (the volume or brightness) of (something)turn the radio down
to reject or refuse
to fold down (a collar, sheets on a bed, etc)

adjective turndown

(prenominal) capable of being or designed to be folded or doubled down
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Idioms and Phrases with turndown

turn down


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


Invert, as in She turned down her cards, or They turn down the glasses in the cupboard. [Mid-1700s]


Reject, fail to accept, as in They turned down his proposal, or Joe was turned down at four schools before he was finally accepted. [Late 1800s]


Diminish in volume, brightness, or speed. For example, Please turn down the radio; it's too loud, or They turned down the lights and began to dance. [Second half of 1800s]

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