defusing defusing  /dɪ ˈfju zɪŋ/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the act of deactivating or making ineffective (as a bomb)

Usage(s):

  1. As part of Mikhail Gorbachev's overall policy of defusing Third World conflicts, Moscow has been pressuring Viet Nam to end its occupation.
  2. Cohen was incredibly successful in defusing the tension in Amsterdam, says Hans Dijkstal, a former leader of the conservative vvd party.
  3. It's actually smart business; even small gestures go a long way toward defusing consumer wrath.

News

  1. UN: US-NKorea talks must include nuclear issues

    UNITED NATIONS — A U.N. spokesman says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes any dialogue between the United States and North Korea should focus on the goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said Monday that Ban also believes inter-Korean dialogue is key to defusing tensions and ensuring peace on the peninsula.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Boston Herald

  2. Nile dam politics: Egypt, Ethiopian officials meet

    The foreign ministers of Egypt and Ethiopia met in Addis Ababa on Monday in hopes of defusing tensions over a huge dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile River. Egypt and Ethiopia began a sharp exchange ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Nile dam politics: Egyptian foreign minister in Ethiopia after uproar over dam construction

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The foreign ministers of Egypt and Ethiopia met in Addis Ababa on Monday in hopes of defusing tensions over a huge dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile River.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Quotes

  1. "These measures are an absolute prerequisite for defusing the tensions which are escalating every day," Annan said in a statement.
    on Jul 7, 2006 By: Kofi Annan Source: Bangkok Post

  2. "Sudan's green light for only part of the peacekeeping force is too little, too late, and is aimed only at defusing international pressure and heading off sanctions," said Peter Takirambudde, Africa director at Human Rights Watch....
    on Apr 17, 2007 By: Peter Takirambudde Source: Reuters AlertNet

  3. "In terms of a combination of putting out fires, defusing crises, building consensus - including collective-bargaining consensus with ownership - and growing revenues and the stature of the brand, he's had not only a good year, he's had a good...
    on Dec 21, 2006 By: David Stern Source: USA Today

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