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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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Apply active listening skills to lower emotion, defuse anger, and establish rapport
As regards the system's ability to defuse different types of mines, including acoustic, limpet (also magnetic) and pressure-activated mines, Jarreh stated, "We are using specific minesweepers for defusing each type of mines, but this (newly unveiled) system can clear one or two types of naval mines simultaneously.
He said that the personnel Hukam Khan managed to defuse one device, whereas, the other exploded with a huge bang.
Sulaimen talking to The Frontier Post said that the idea came in his mind while keeping in view the current law and order situation he decided to make such robot through which the bombs will defuse.
18 (ANI): British troops in Afghanistan are set to use a Terminator-like robotic hand to defuse deadly bombs, a move that is expected to reduce battlefield casualties.
Army bomb disposal experts raced to Ayr Police Station to defuse the devices at around 1.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi said his ministry has worked out plans to help the country take long strides towards economic independence and further defuse the international and unilateral sanctions imposed against the country.
A SOLDIER under investigation following the deaths of five men under his command in Afghanistan may have told them to defuse two Russian-made missiles so they could be kept as souvenirs, it was reported yesterday.
Upon receiving information, police called the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) to defuse the bomb.
Army experts moved in and began a nerve-racking operation to defuse it.
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.
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.
Tikrit / NINA/ Mayor of Tuz Khurmatu Shallal Abbod announced on Sunday that nine people, including four policemen were wounded by a roadside bomb while trying to defuse it in Tuz south of Kirkuk.
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.
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.