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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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LAHORE -- Light, but widespread rain and snowfall over the hills that was very heavy in Malamjabba took winter to its peak on Saturday, clearing the atmosphere and setting a cold wave across the country.
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.