Phrasal verb: quieten down

This phrasal verb is fairly self-explanatory although the inclusion of the word ‘down’ may cause some confusion.

quieten down – [mainly British English] If someone or something quietens down, they become less noisy or less active.

In American English, ‘quiet down’ is more commonly used.
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When have you used this phrasal verb? Do you use it on a regular basis or is it something you rarely use?
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