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call the tune

  • verb exercise authority or be in charge
    call the shots; wear the trousers.
    • Who is calling the shots in this house?
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fine-tune

  • verb improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
    down; polish; refine.
    • refine one's style of writing
  • verb adjust finely
    tweak.
    • fine-tune the engine
  • verb make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring
    calibrate; graduate.
    • calibrate an instrument
    • graduate a cylinder
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signature tune

  • noun a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program
    theme song; signature.
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To change one's tune

  • to become less confident or boastful. Colloq.
Webster 1913

tune in

  • verb regulate (a radio or television set) in order to receive a certain station or program
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tune up

  • verb adjust for (better) functioning
    tune.
    • tune the engine
  • verb adjust the pitches of (musical instruments)
    tune.
    • My piano needs to be tuned
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tune-up

  • noun exercising in preparation for strenuous activity
    warm-up; prolusion.
  • noun adjustments made to an engine to improve its performance
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tuning fork

  • noun a metal implement with two prongs that gives a fixed tone when struck; used to tune musical instruments
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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