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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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Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed that "differences of opinion about events" that led to Ukraine crisis did not stop the sides from looking for ways to deescalate the security and political situation "in and around Ukraine.
The move came hours after cabinet's committee on national security has decided to deescalate tension on eastern border with India and on LoC.
President Barack Obama asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to deescalate its territorial dispute that Tokyo says does not exist.
They also called on the two parties to deescalate the current tension and to resolve their difference through negotiations.
According to sources privy to the meeting, Sabharwal told Sharif that New Delhi is eager to deescalate the heightened tension between the two countries and also briefed him about the India's efforts in this regard.
We did our utmost to deescalate the situation, but our words fell on deaf ears.
No one from the outside can impose a settlement, but we must work to help the two sides further deescalate current tensions and begin to tackle the more fundamental differences between them.
When confronted with a person who exhibits unusual or potentially dangerous behavior, law enforcement officers should not focus on criminal responsibility, but rather on how they should respond to the person to deescalate the situation and maintain safety.