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{v: control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate} lessen the intensity of ; temper ; hold in restraint ; hold or keep within limits
"moderate your alcohol intake"
"hold your tongue"
"hold your temper"
"control your anger"

{v: dampen} check ; keep in check (a fire)

{v: restrain, suppress, keep, keep back, hold back} keep under control ; keep in check
"suppress a smile"
"Keep your temper"
"keep your cool"

{v: rule, harness, rein} keep in check
"rule one's temper"

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