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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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To ensure there are no clashes between the government forces and rebels, Russian, Iranian and Turkish observers will be sent to Idlib to monitor de-escalation.
The proposal to establish four de-escalation zones was signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey and approved by the Syrian government in May 2017 in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana.
On a relevant note, Bogdanov told Al-Mayadeen channel during a reception hosted by the Iraqi Embassy in Moscow on the occasion of the liberation of Mosul that there are agreements under the Astana platform on the establishment of the four de-escalation areas, and that there is greater progress on some areas and perhaps less progress on other areas, but there is a hope that this work will be completed.
The deal envisages creating a mechanism to monitor the ceasefire in four de-escalation zones, which include Eastern Ghouta, parts of Homs, Hama, Lattakia, Aleppo and Idlib provinces as well as territories in southern Syria.
The Arabic-language website of Russia's state news agency, Sputnik, quoted a Turkish paper as reporting that the Turkish Army was to dispatch more soldiers and military hardware to its border with Syria in Hatay province to help the Ankara-backed militants and also monitor ceasefire in Idlib de-escalation zone.
You followed up what was achieved at Astana 4, particularly with regard to signing a memorandum on establishing four de-escalation zones in Syria," al-Moallem said in a press conference on Monday, adding "the Syrian Government supported what came in the memorandum based on its keenness on stopping the bloodshed and to improve the living conditions of the Syrian population and in the hope that all armed parties will be committed to the provisions of the memorandum.
Jordan has backed de-escalation, but has its own troubles to consider
He calls on all to work for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence and exercise restraint," the statement added.
The statement added that the Syrian government forces "are complying with the agreements reached with regard to providing the consistent functioning of the de-escalation zone in the south-west of the country.
Members of this terror group, who have been receiving weapons and financial support, seek to disrupt the peace process in de-escalation zones, driving out the moderate opposition's units," the Russian Defense Ministry added.
De-escalation zones in Syria allowed to significantly reduce the scale of the conflict and contributed to the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Syria.
Russia's Defence Ministry said that the aircraft was downed by a MANPAD portable surface-to-air missile during a flight around the de-escalation zone in the province.