Officials sought to tamp down expectations that residents would learn details soon about how Freddie Gray died.
Obama Not Rushing to Act on Signs Syria Used Chemical Arms
By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL R. GORDON
The president said he would respond "prudently" and "deliberately" to evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons, tamping down any expectations that he would take swift action.
When Goldman Sachs unveiled a plan last week to help small-business owners, and its chief executive offered contrite words on behalf of his firm, it's clear that the investment bank sought to tamp down the public's vitriol toward it.
Reading a nasty word in a second language may not pack the punch it would in your native tongue, thanks to an unconscious brain quirk that tamps down potentially disturbing emotions, a new study finds.
1 …を（…に）（軽くたたいて）詰める, 突き固める((down/in, into ...))；…を封じ込める.
tr.v., tamped, tamp·ing, tamps.
- To pack down tightly by a succession of blows or taps.
- To pack clay, sand, or dirt into (a drill hole) above an explosive.
[Perhaps back-formation from tampin, variant of TAMPION.]
Definition of tamp
Origin:early 19th century: probably a back-formation from tampin (interpreted as 'tamping'), variant of tampion
tamp down something //tamp something down
vit·ri·ol (vĭt'rē-ōl', -əl)
- See sulfuric acid.
- Any of various sulfates of metals, such as ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, or copper sulfate.
- Bitterly abusive feeling or expression.
To expose or subject to vitriol.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin vitriolum, from Late Latin vitreolum, neuter of vitreolus, of glass, from Latin vitreus. See vitreous.]
v., chopped, chop·ping, chops. v.tr.
- To cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax: chop wood.
- To shape or form by chopping: chop a hole in the ice.
- To cut into small pieces: chop onions; chop up meat.
- To curtail as if by chopping: chopped off his sentence midway; are going to chop expenses.
- Sports. To hit or hit at with a short swift downward stroke.
- To make heavy, cutting strokes.
- Archaic. To move roughly or suddenly.
- The act of chopping.
- A swift, short, cutting blow or stroke.
- Sports. A short downward stroke.
- A piece that has been chopped off, especially a cut of meat, usually taken from the rib, shoulder, or loin and containing a bone.
- A short irregular motion of waves.
- An area of choppy water, as on an ocean.
[Middle English choppen, probably variant of chappen, to split. See chap1.]
intr.v., chopped, chop·ping, chops.
To change direction suddenly, as a ship in the wind.
[Obsolete, to exchange, from Middle English choppen, to barter, bargain, variant of chapen, from Old English cēapian, from cēap, bargain, trade. See cheap.]
- An official stamp or permit in the Far East.
- A mark stamped on goods or coins to indicate their identity or quality.
- Quality; class: first chop.
[Hindi chāp, seal.]