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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.
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de-escalate

(dē-ĕs′kă-lāt″)
To defuse a potentially dangerous interaction between two or more individuals.
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Establishing hotlines between governments, ministries of defense, and military services can reduce the risk of misunderstandings and aid in coordinating de-escalatory measures.
Escalatory and de-escalatory actions could be clouded in uncertainty in ways not dreamed of in previous generations.
In scenarios -where two or more states are locked in complex and wide-ranging strategic and ideological rivalry (as Iran and the US are), deterrence in the form of limited aggressive actions only work when sufficient safeguards, in the form of well-established de-escalatory mechanisms, are in place.
We also look to India to take further de-escalatory actions, as Pakistan carries through with its commitments.
'We also look to India to take further de-escalatory actions as Pakistan makes good on its pledges,' he said.
In the light of the IRA decision to end the ceasefire, soldiers removed the regimental berets which they had put on in late 1994 as a "de-escalatory measure".
Both sides later took a number of de-escalatory steps, including the return of high commissioners to their respective missions and initiation of negotiations on a bilateral agreement which would govern the operations of the planned Kartarpur corridor.
The foreign minister informed Ambassador Bolton about the de-escalatory measures taken by Pakistan.
Qureshi informed Ambassador Bolton about the de-escalatory measures taken by Pakistan.
Qureshi further informed Bolton about the de-escalatory measures taken by Pakistan, including Prime Minister Imran Khan's decision to hand over Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman as a gesture of goodwill towards India.