Thanks a lot, Ragman. You know, I live in Russia and don't know nuances of English. Could you elucidate me, what "hold the noise down" is?:
a) to lessen loudness of a noise, make a noise but not so loudly
b) not to make any noise at all, be silent
The character in the movie is saying it so that he can be heard either by lessening the noise or silencing the noise completely.
InfraBlue wrote:It's fine. Thank you so much, InfraBlue.The character in the movie is saying it so that he can be heard either by lessening the noise or silencing the noise completely.
And what if the foreman meant by "hold it down" not "hold the noise down" but "stop it"? So could he mean the following while he was saying the sentence in the movie: "Can we stop chattering, walking around and keep it so a minute?"?
What is your opinion about it?
Hey, can't you guys see that gal over there for the last five minutes holding the tray with all our beer
By saying "can we hold it down a minute," he's referring to the chatter more than anything else.
He's being understated because I would think that he'd want complete silence instead of just a reduction of noise.
Maybe he could have stated in a more authoritarian way, "Silence!" but he was being polite.