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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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It appeared things had been calmed down thanks to the efforts of the officers to defuse the situation.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who was already in Saudi Arabia prior to the Prime Minister Imran Khan's departure, stressed the importance of the OIC summit to discuss the proposed peace plan to defuse the situation in the Middle East.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also briefed the Iranian president about the latest situation vis a vis India, and Pakistan's untiring efforts to defuse the situation through dialogue, and for improving bilateral relations with India.
"I tried to defuse the situation, but they threatened me with a knife and threatened to throw stuff at my head.
The premier briefed the president on the latest developments regarding the situation with India and Pakistan's 'untiring efforts to defuse the situation through dialogue, and for improving bilateral relations with India'.
Anxious at the rising tensions, world capitals, as President Trump hinted in his news briefing, immediately got in touch with both New Delhi and Islamabad to defuse the situation.
The exchange alarmed world capitals, who - as President Trump hinted in his news briefing on Friday - immediately got in touch with both New Delhi and Islamabad to defuse the situation.
Summary: Paris [France], Dec 19 (ANI): The 'yellow vest' protestors have vandalized toll booths and occupied highways across France, as demonstrations continue in the nation despite concessions given by President Emmanuel Macron to defuse the situation.
Sharif advised the government to act in a mature manner and use a political strategy to defuse the situation.
Staff tried to defuse the situation and the victim also tried to prevent trouble.
But perhaps Cambodia could help to defuse the situation, even if only a little, by providing monitors to observe and report on the conduct of the upcoming elections.
Defuse the situation before its too late There is no end to complaints from politicians, media persons and civil society activists againstwhat is going on in thename of fair and free elections.
I think the security need to be more aware and have more presence in the clubs so that as soon as something starts they can defuse the situation as soon as possible.
Uponhearingabout thealtercation, the Kabirwala district authorities reached the spot and attempted to defuse the situation in vain.
Gardai were on hand to defuse the situation on Sligo's Connaughton Road as tempers flared.