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pull the plug

Vox populi
verb
(1) A popular term meaning to withdraw nutritional support and ventilation from a patient in a persistent vegetative states.
(2) In the common parlance, pulling the plug refers to the precipitate disruption of electron flow from a power grid to an electrical device in use or on standby, by abrupt application of a lateral counter-force from a mutually positioned female receptacle.

de-escalate

(dē-ĕs′kă-lāt″)
To defuse a potentially dangerous interaction between two or more individuals.
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We are obviously concerned by the violence and we want to see the tensions de-escalated," US State Department Spokesman John Kirby told a news briefing, referring to clashes between protesters and Indian troops.
He said Pakistan wants that tension is de-escalated on LoC and focus is placed on Kashmir issue .
The crisis in Ukraine needs to be de-escalated rather than escalation, he said.
In response to a question regarding violence in Gaza Strip, the Official Spokesperson of MEA, Syed Akbaruddin said: " It is imperative that the situation be de-escalated urgently as the region is already undergoing turmoil.