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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.
See also: atmosphere, clear
References in classic literature ?
At length, to the general satisfaction, a heavy storm cleared the atmosphere on the night of the 11th and 12th of December, and the moon, with half-illuminated disc, was plainly to be seen upon the black sky.
The situation was generally lessened to some extent by rain showers that cleared the atmosphere of this toxic haze.
The heavy rains completely cleared the atmosphere of the high levels of dust which had been plaguing many people over the previous days.