To quote words of wisdom by Bernard P. Fife, “Nip it!”
“To start a conflict is to release a flood;
stop the dispute before it breaks out (Proverbs 17:14 HCSB).”
Yup; nip it. Stop the disagreement before it ‘blossoms’ into a raging battle of trying to prove who is right.
Imagine a caution light. It can serve as a warning.
Next, put your brakes on as the light turns red.
In anger, you may be seeing red but stop.
Wait until the light turns green. Regain control behind the wheel of words before leaving the scene.
You have nipped conflict in the bud.