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defuse

verb [T] uk   /ˌdiːˈfjuːz/ us  

defuse verb [T] (BOMB)

to prevent a bomb from exploding: Bomb disposal experts have defused a 110-pound bomb at a subway station this afternoon.

defuse verb [T] (DIFFICULT SITUATION)

to make a difficult or dangerous situation calmer by reducing or removing its cause: The two groups will meet next week to try to defuse the crisis/situation/tension.
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