Try to settle a disagreement or dispute with words intended to placate or pacify those involved.
- Needless to say, this sort of rumor-mongering has no place in American politics, and we're proud to be pouring oil on troubled waters, instead of fanning the flames.
- One African minister advised against ‘pouring oil on troubled waters’.
- Pity that their back-benchers brought up the issue on a quiet news day before the last World Cup and have not ceased pouring oil on troubled waters since.
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