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Smoke can be seen diffusing at left. Next time, call the bomb defusing team.
Avoid blow-ups

Now and then someone undertakes to "diffuse" a conflict budding somewhere in the project. Probably they really mean they want to defuse the problem, as in "remove its fuse" – like from a bomb – to avoid blow-ups. Diffusing a conflict would be to spread it over a wide area, which is presumably not the intention.

Sometimes people write lengthy posts at WP:ANI in hopes of defusing a situation; however, the ensuing drama means it is diffused instead.

Casting dispersions, inciteful comments, and so onEdit

Someone has been careful to maintain this civil and constructive manor.
She's going to work weather or not.

Closely related concepts include:

Making inciteful comments.
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