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defuse

[dee-fyooz] /diˈfyuz/
verb (used with object), defused, defusing.
1.
to remove the fuze from (a bomb, mine, etc.).
2.
to make less dangerous, tense, or embarrassing:
to defuse a potentially ugly situation.
verb (used without object), defused, defusing.
3.
to grow less dangerous; weaken.
Also, defuze.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; de- + fuse1
Related forms
defuser, noun
Can be confused
defuse, diffuse.
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British Dictionary definitions for defusing

defuse

/diːˈfjuːz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove the triggering device of (a bomb, etc)
2.
to remove the cause of tension from (a crisis, etc)
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Word Origin and History for defusing

defuse

v.

1943, from de- + fuse. Related: Defused; defusing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for defusing

defuse

verb

To ease or eliminate the danger of something menacing •Extension of the 1940s use ''to remove the fuse from an unexploded bomb'': We might not stop it, but we might defuse it (1950s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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