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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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Only a de-escalation will alleviate the suffering of the civilian population and regain the trust to the negotiations in Havana for a peace
The 'half-life' of cyber-hate and its rapid de-escalation following the first 24 hours of the attack suggests the police need to focus their interventions within this impact stage to increase the rate of de-escalation further.
backed "moderate" opposition forces on the run in northern Syria, a mediation group is proposing an alternative strategy for local cease-fires and a gradual de-escalation of violence in a future decentralized nation.
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: "We urge Russia to cease its illegal military actions, stop its support to armed separatists, and take immediate and verifiable steps towards de-escalation of this grave crisis.
The Minsk meeting is one of the stages on the way towards de-escalation of this conflict," Sergei Naryshkin was quoted by state-run RIA news agency as saying.
Momani stressed that the Israeli practices are in violation of international humanitarian law and are inconsistent with international efforts to advance the peace process between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, calling for a de-escalation act to prevent any further escalation of the suffering of the besieged Gaza Strip.
EU Ministers are expected to take stock of the situation on the ground and discuss diplomatic efforts to promote de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine, and discuss possible expansion of sanctions.
Russia must choose whether it is open to diplomacy and de-escalation, and if it decides otherwise, we must be ready for a different state of relations with Russia in the next 10 years than in the last 20.
He also called groundless the Ukrainian Foreign MinistryA's claims that the domestic political situation in Ukraine will not be discussed at the meeting, adding that de-escalation, disarmament of illegal groups, constitutional reform and elections will all be on the agenda.
A statement issued by the White House said that Obama underscored to Putin that the US continues to support a diplomatic path in close consultation with the government of Ukraine and in support of the Ukrainian people with the aim of de-escalation of the crisis.
The two leaders expressed firm support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, and consulted on steps to lead to a de-escalation of the situation and peaceful resolution," the official White House readout said.
Conflict management expert Media offers this general guide to de-escalation, with a focus on school contexts and dealing effectively with young people's emotional situations.