water down (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb 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 people

Synonym: tone down

For example:

  • 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.

Quick Quiz:

Some of the dialogue in the movie had to be watered down because it was

a. too offensive

b. too boring

c. too dry

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Contributor: Matt Errey