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defuse (something)

To settle, calm, or make less dangerous an extremely tense, hostile, or volatile situation. Likened to removing the fuse from or otherwise disabling a bomb. The shouting match between the two employees was getting increasingly aggressive, so the boss was brought in to defuse the situation. A special United Nations envoy was sent to defuse the conflict between the warring sects.
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He said that the personnel Hukam Khan managed to defuse one device, whereas, the other exploded with a huge bang.
This ministry will endeavor in the (Iranian) new year (March 2011-March 2012) to take long strides towards economic independence, self-sufficiency and to further defuse the sanctions through research, planning, creativity, innovation and new achievements," Vahidi said, addressing the Defense Ministry staff and directors on Sunday.
Police said they had received information about planting of landmines by unknown armed men in Sohbatpur, adding, a team of Special Branch Bomb Disposal Squad was dispatched to defuse the landmines.
The personnel of BDU were called in to defuse the hand grenades who neutralized the explosive devices.
A force from the 2nd division of the Iraqi army managed on Tuesday afternoon (March 9) to defuse a booby-trapped car and to arrest the gunman who was driving it after shooting him," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
TEHRAN -- In an effort to defuse tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a meeting on Tuesday in Tehran.
A force from the criminal investigation department in Ninewa, managed on Monday to defuse an explosive charge, planted in a crowded region in al-Sergkhana region in central Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
20) to defuse a car bomb in Dawasa Khareg region, central Mosul, one hour after a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in eastern Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
He said a bank employee spotted the bomb outside and immediately called the police to defuse it.
Upon receiving information, police called the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) to defuse the bomb.
14) to defuse a bomb placed near a communication tower of AsiaCell company in Nabes neighborhood in western Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: Police forces managed on Wednesday to defuse a bomb in central Falluja without damage, a police source said.
24) to defuse three Katyusha rockets, ready to be launched in al-Iskan region, central Amara," Colonel Sadeq Salam told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.