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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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Gardai were on hand to defuse the situation on Sligo's Connaughton Road as tempers flared.
Atif Ikram Sheikh lauded the authorities of both Pakistan and Afghanistan who have issued conciliatory statements in an apparent attempt to defuse the situation.
Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said: "We are working with international partners in order to defuse the situation.
However, Courtois moved to defuse the situation as he spoke to the media ahead of Belgium's crucial showdown with the Republic of Ireland in Bordeaux.
Both sides have mutually agreed to exercise restrained and take steps to defuse the situation.
A source said: "Brendan did well to defuse the situation.
Eide has been trying to defuse the situation recently suggesting a twin-track process where hydrocarbons would be discussed in parallel to the settlement talks.
Houthi popular committee forces arrived at the entrance to the base to defuse the situation after gunshots were heard, and peacefully escorting Al-Ghadra out to avoid any further escalations," said Mahmoud Al-Junaid, a member of the Houthis' Political Office.
The success of the upcoming elections "will make of the Tunisian experience a model of its kind and contribute to defuse the situation in the Arab world," stressed Jeribi.
Jammu: A day after India lodged a protest with Pakistan over escalating ceasefire violations, the two sides will hold sector commander-level flag meeting on Wednesday to defuse the situation on the border.
GCC foreign ministers held a meeting six days ago in Riyadh over the dispute in an attempt to defuse the situation.
He added that the release of Alwani will defuse the situation and calm tension between the province and central government.
Fontanilla said Trillanes, being a former rebel himself, would have the mindset to understand and help defuse the situation from further worsening.
Ellen helped to defuse the situation and calmed her down.
In apparent reference to the dispute between Tokyo and Beijing over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, the statement said that Washington and Canberra affirmed their intent to "express concern over the potential for miscalculation or accidents and welcome steps by all sides to defuse the situation in the East China Sea.