water down (2)
Meaning: to change something like the lyrics of a song or the dialogue in a movie to make it less offensive or less likely to upset peopleSynonym: tone down
- water down sth They had to water down the song for radio, but they've also released the original version on a limited-edition DVD.
- water sth down The comedian had to water his act down for TV or he wouldn't be allowed to perform.
Some of the dialogue in the movie had to be watered down because it was