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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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This book discusses de-escalating many of these crises before they become traumatic and emergency.
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.
Reiter concludes that the Israeli government must play a key role in de-escalating the conflict, and suggests areas in which it can take action.
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.
Earlier today, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters that the US supports the maintenance of the status quo at that site and we welcome all sides and their commitment to de-escalating the situation.
I expect that our US and European counterparts active in the region will adopt the same open and clear approach aimed at de-escalating the situation, particularly normalizing the humanitarian situation, by abandoning attempts to seize control over some parts of Syria and put the country's territorial integrity at risk," Lavrov pointed out.
The spokesperson further said that it is in both countries' mutual interest to put aside tensions, work towards de-escalating tensions, and establish more normal channels of communication.
I don't think the policing style that we've seen is particularly suited to de-escalating situations.
With the so-called 'zero tolerance', I have heard management say we need to learn more de-escalating techniques to deal with the situation rather than 'we will not tolerate the behaviours'.
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.