Cool Down vs. Cool Off

There is little difference between the expressions cool down and cool off. When things cool down / cool off, their temperature drops a bit.

When your interest in something / someone cools down / off, you become less enthusiastic about it / them.

  • Before he even realized it, his interest in his master’s daughter cooled off.
  • My father always knew that my interest in horse racing would soon cool down.

Cool down and cool off can also be used to talk about becoming less angry.

  • It took him quite some time to cool off.
  • There is no point in talking to him when he is very angry. Let him cool off.
  • Cool down. There is no point in getting angry.

Manjusha Nambiar

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