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clear the atmosphere

To alleviate tension, often in a group setting. Similar to the phrase "clear the air." I know my parents are still mad at me for missing curfew, so I'm going to try to clear the atmosphere this morning by apologizing profusely.
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Al-Harbi said the proposed conference is expected to have a big international presence with special emphasis on peace and clearing the atmosphere, materially and morally, and facing extremist and terrorist ideology.
The significant outcome of the Riyadh consultative meeting will considerably contribute to clearing the atmosphere and give an impetus to the Arab joint action amid critical conditions and huge challenges facing the Arab World, he noted.
This openness will lead to clearing the atmosphere with the least amount of trouble.
I will personally strive to build up a dialogue, an objective dialogue with Western states aimed at clearing the atmosphere," he said.
Beirut, (SANA) -- Hezbollah underlined the importance of the Syrian-Saudi summit and the positive outcome regarding the process of clearing the atmosphere among Arabs and move forward with rapprochement to reach new horizons of common action that serves the causes of Arabs and Muslims and reflects positively on the future of Lebanon.