- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of defuse.
““Affectionate” users of the n-word claim that the manner in which they use the term defuses any of the heinous roots attached to the word.”
“Google has said that it periodically screens for potential Googlebombs and "defuses" them.”
“Florida bomb squad 'defuses' a box of kittens A FLORIDA police bomb squad called out to deal with a suspicious package - a cardboard box wrapped with duct tape - scanned it with X-ray equipment before opening it up to reveal two ginger kittens.”
“This is good philosophical ground for Obama to be on, and it defuses the debate before it even begins.”
“Conceivably, that could break Khamenei's will to press on with the nuclear programme, and produce a compromise deal that defuses the threat of conflict.”
“It gets past the "I don't know what to say" problem and the "I don't understand what you want" problem, and defuses teen self-consciousness with laughter.”
“What's more, this narrative device defuses the more contentious aspects of her political legacy.”
“Regardless of the yuan's value, the U.S. trade deficit won't be significantly reduced unless the U.S. boosts its chronically low savings rate and defuses the disincentive — caused by the dollar's status as the global currency — for manufacturing.”
“This defuses Supreme Leader Khamenei's main attack on the Islamist reformers.”
“So if you pair off the female characters, it both defuses that threat and reinforces the idea that for women any (heterosexual) relationship - no matter how immature or unsuitable the other person is - is better than being independent.”
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