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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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According to Ministry of Justice guidelines, control and restraint techniques can only be used as a "last resort after all other means of de-escalating (e.
He expressed the hope that they would play positive role in de-escalating the current state of violations on the LoC.
Sarah Montague then suggested that calling up 30,000 Israeli reservists and sending tanks and troops to the Gaza border looked like ramping up the tension, not de-escalating.
Tensions stemming from military clashes in the border area between Sudan and South Sudan appear to be de-escalating as both parties have stated their willingness to meet in the coming days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to prevent a new eruption of violence.
Rumsfeld hailed Musharraf's recent commitment to permanently halt infiltration of militants across the so-called Line of Control (LOC) that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India and a series of subsequent overtures from India aimed at de-escalating tension between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
In this atmosphere, escalation constitutes an easy, logical transition, climbing the ladder or stair steps of force to the reasonable and proper level of force before instantly de-escalating.
Officers often say that the most important part of their job is verbally de-escalating situations,'' Persic said.
Ban encouraged both sides to use the resumed discussions to pave the way for de-escalating the situation and "promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
These are the prerequisites how to achieve de-escalating of the situation and certain stability, even if it is fragile.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian President Vladimir Putin's plan is targeted to help Kiev and Southeastern Ukraine coordinate their efforts in de-escalating the conflict in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
Brussels, Rajab 27, 1435, May 26, 2014, SPA -- The European Union has praised the weekend's "successful" presidential elections in Ukraine, saying that it marks"a major step" towards de-escalating tensions in the country.
The Foreign Secretary said: "Part of the answer to finding ways of de-escalating is for this referendum to be called off and for international negotiations to take place.