take the heat out of something
take the heat out of (something)
To alleviate pressure, tension, or danger from a situation. Barry tried cracking a joke to take the heat out of the argument, but no one heard what he said. The president is meeting with both countries' leaders in an effort to take the heat out of the international standoff.
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take the ˈheat out of somethingmake a situation less tense, emotional, dangerous, etc: The police tried to take the heat out of the situation by withdrawing for a while. OPPOSITE: add fuel to the fire/flames
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