pipe down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pipe down become quiet or quieter "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pipe down to dismiss from muster, as a ship's company
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pípe; Dut. pijp, Ger. pfeife.

Usage

In literature:

Probably you'll find some of your dear relations down there, drunk on gin and smoking pipes.
"A Master of Fortune" by Cutcliffe Hyne
As we were settling down to rest one of the men lit his pipe.
"An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)" by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
He hez his new wife aboard, and she considers pipes ez low-down.
"By Rock and Pool on an Austral Shore, and Other Stories" by Louis Becke
That done he sat down on it and relighted his pipe.
"The Lilac Girl" by Ralph Henry Barbour
It wass the Free Church ministers, they put down the pipes, for there wass too much wildness at the marriages when the pipes would play.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
It is piped down to every tent or cottage and the supply is superabundant.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
After an excellent chicken supper, Bob lit his pipe and wandered down the street.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
She watched him filling his pipe, working the tobacco down with his little finger nail.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
Captain Asher put down his pipe and gazed at his visitor across the arbor.
"The Captain's Toll-Gate" by Frank R. Stockton
Godfrey took down his own pipe from the mantelshelf and sat down opposite me.
"The Gloved Hand" by Burton E. Stevenson
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In poetry:

The sun shone yester-morn;
I felt the glow down every fibre float,
And thought I heard a thrush's piping note
Of dim dream-gladness born.
"The Tree's Prayer" by George MacDonald
The mule from off his ribs a fly
Flicked, and then zigzagged down the road.
Antonio lit his pipe, and I
Behind them somewhat sadly strode.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
When I leave down this pipe my friend
And sleep with flowers I loved, apart,
My songs shall rise in wilding things
Whose roots are in my heart.
"At A Poet's Grave" by Francis Ledwidge
Spirits that call and no one answers —
Ha'nacker's down and England's done.
Wind and Thistle for pipe and dancers,
And never a ploughman under the Sun:
Never a ploughman. Never a one.
"Ha'nacker Mill" by Hilaire Belloc
All in long grass the piper stands,
Goodly and grave is he;
Outside the tower, at dawn of day,
The notes of his pipe ring free.
A thought from his heart doth reach to hers:
"Come down, O lady! to me."
"The Shepherd Lady" by Jean Ingelow
O through clefts of the clouds 'gan the world to awaken,
And the bitter wind piped, and down drifted the rain,
And I was alone—and yet not forsaken,
For the grass was untrodden except by my pain:
With a Shadow of the Night had I wrestled in vain.
"Song V: Through The Trouble And Tangle" by William Morris

In news:

6 train in Manhattan stabbed a 63-year-old man early today — for having had the nerve to ask them to pipe down, police said.
During the fray that is the Pipe Masters we got a chance to sit down with Taj Burrow and talk about this winter so far, as well as the challenges that Triple Crown surfing present.
City officials are planning on putting gravel down on Frontage Road/Bickerstaff Drive where a sewer pipe burst last week creating a 40-foot hole in the road that's been closed since.
A member of Parliament says pipe down.
Pipe Down , We're Trying to Watch a Cartoon.
Discovery of a pipe with a high level of plutonium -239 at a clean-up site at Los Alamos National Laboratory has forced officials to shut down operations.
The street was shut down between Calvert Street and Guilford Avenue while crews repaired the pipe and the ensuing damage.
Whether you bake or fry your holiday turkey, dispose of its grease properly not down the drain where it can clog pipes.
Undercover, he brought down drug dealers, car thieves and pipe bombers.
The rock hit a pipe railing connected to the crowded bridge and then bounced down to the streambed.
Workers discovered the leak in a pipe weld Wednesday night as they were getting ready to restart the reactor after a monthlong maintenance shut down.
(AP) — A Sartell paper mill that was badly damaged in a Memorial Day explosion and fire had been shut down to repair a leaking water pipe shortly before the blaze.
Steven Tyler dishes on Aerosmith's ups and downs, his time at "Idol" and his awesome set of pipes.
Put down the pipe and vote.
When grease, oil, and fats are poured down the drain, they clog the pipes downstream of homes or businesses.
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In science:

Since it was not created with cooling channels the cooling water will only flow down the pipe and back.
Prototyping of the ILC Baseline Positron Target
Even apart from this difficulty, until it becomes possible to compare data from HERA and the Tevatron where both triggers are on a very fast final-state proton (or antiproton) there is a worry that we may not be comparing like with like, if what goes down the beam pipe is not the same.
Pomeron physics: an update
The most serious background is radiative Bhabha scattering where the scattered e+ and e− go undetected down the beam pipe.
New Physics Working Group Summary of LCWS2000 at FNAL
Again, this is likely due to the fact that the short characteristic module solves the time-independent radiation transfer equation, so that we ignore the delay due to the finite speed of propagation of radiation down the pipe.
A Godunov Method for Multidimensional Radiation Magnetohydrodynamics based on a variable Eddington tensor
Leading” protons with a scattering angle down to few µrad are detected by special movable beam-pipe insertions called Roman Pots (RPs).
Summary of Physics Results from the TOTEM Experiment
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