defang


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de·fang

 (dē-făng′)
tr.v. de·fanged, de·fang·ing, de·fangs
1. To remove the fangs of (a snake, for example).
2. To undermine the strength or power of; make ineffectual: an attempt to defang the opposition.

defang

(diːˈfæŋ)
vb (tr)
1. to remove the fangs from (an animal or reptile)
2. to weaken or compromise (something)

de•fang

(diˈfæŋ)

v.t.
1. to remove the fangs of.
2. to remove the power or threat of; render harmless.
[1950–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.defang - remove the fangs from; "defang the poisonous snake"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
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PESHAWAR -- Vice President Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Syed Aqil Shah Monday denied any step taken by POA of declaring FATA Olympic Association (FOA) as defang or ineffectual body.
And so, as it began to resemble what a true central media platform should look like, ypek Media was raided by an AKP determined to silence it and defang it.
The Knesset approved a law that legalizes torturing of Palestinian prisoners, the Joint List said in a response statement, adding that the new law permits invasive and cruel intervention in the body of another human The goal of the law is to defang their [the detainees] legitimate struggle under the guise of preventing the damage caused by hunger strikes.
The goal of the law is to defang their legitimate struggle under the guise of 'preventing the damage caused by hunger strikes'.
MOSCOW -- Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.
Summary: Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.
Thomas takes on the role of civil liberties groups in Andhra Pradesh to suggest what can be done to defang Leftwing extremism ( LWE) in the country.
He further said the suspicion in Pakistan is that the United States wants to defang Pakistan's nuclear program, that the United States cannot accept a Muslim country having a strong military, and that America wants Pakistan to be subservient to India, just as it wants the Arabs to be subservient to Israel.
It was engagement that prompted Obama to seek Russia's help in convincing Syria's Bashar al-Assad to stop his slaughter, rather than work with our allies on steps to defang al-Assad and build stronger ties to the rebels.
But despite Netanyahu's determination to defang Iran, he has not launched an attack, even though he had the weapons to blast Iran's underground nuclear facilities.
an's efforts to defang the military presage a creeping Islamization of society under the auspices of his moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party.
bolstering of gulf state defenses, can defang Iran over time.