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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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During their weekend summit meeting in California, Obama was quoted as telling Xi that "the parties should seek to deescalate, not escalate" the dispute over the islands and "to have conversations about this through diplomatic channels and not through actions out of the East China Sea.
from the Chandipur test range on Wheeler's Island amid international pressure on India to deescalate military tension with arch-foe Pakistan.
Biden also noted the "need to deescalate tensions in order to get back to a more constructive track in UN-mediated settlement talks on Cyprus and reinvigorate efforts to seek mutually beneficial solutions," according to a statement from the Office of the Vice President.
In response to Russia's intent to deescalate Harf asserted, "Well, they've said it is, but their actions have not backed up those words.
The United States needs to see concrete evidence that Russia is prepared to engage on the diplomatic proposals we have made to facilitate direct dialogue between Ukraine and Russia and to use international mechanisms like a contact group to deescalate the conflict," she added.
NEW YORK, March 1 (KUNA) -- The United States has proposed to the Security Council dispatch of an independent mediation mission to Ukraine to deescalate the tension in the country.
Syria and Turke have to deescalate tensions; any war between them will be detrimental to the interests of the entire Muslim nation, Firouzabadi said in statements to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) two days after deadly trans-border skirmishes between the two countries.
To resolve the issue, the two sides should try to deescalate tensions on their border lines, hold dialogue, expand cooperation and respect each other's sovereignty," he stressed.