- Cool things down
- Chill things out
- Calm things down
My friends were fighting in a bar. When I tried to cool things down (ou "cool it down") I almost got hit / got decked.
... When I tried to chill things out...
... When I tried to calm things down...
"He said his group had tried to avoid the fight, to try to chill things out." [NYTimes.com]
"Cops tried to cool things down, but the women insisted on pressing charges..."[nypost.com]
"...you're trying to drag him off the other guy, calm things down, and make sure no ..." [from the book "How to Win a Fight"]