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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.


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



1. to remove the fangs of.
2. to remove the power or threat of; render harmless.
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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Lawyers for Texas and its powerful oil and gas industry won't let Denton out of their sights - even after the North Texas city conceded that the Legislature defanged its six-month-old ban on hydraulic fracturing.
She is being defanged by selectively hailing her decades of running soup kitchens for the homeless while ignoring her persistent damnings of American militarism and the hierarchy's complicity.
If the Russians or Chinese were to object, it would delay the inherent time-lag before sanctions could bite--or be defanged completely.
Mushfiqur was forced to rely on part-time seamer Soumya Sarkar and a phalanx of spinners, who were defanged by a first-day pitch that offered only modest turn.
Through a tamed and defanged media system, the fourth estate will always parrot the narrative of the state, regardless of who is ruling the country.
The American interest is to endorse and solidify this emerging axis of moderate pro-American partners (Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states, and the Palestinian Authority) intent on seeing Islamist radicalism blunted and ultimately defanged.
As a result, Israel's preferred solution for the medium, if not, the long term, is the status quo with effectively full control of the West Bank and a defanged Hamas.
Baru has written in his book that Singh was defanged by the Congress in his second term that began in 2009, with Sonia Gandhi deciding on key appointments to
Of course there's irony in the antiestablishment figure being canonized by the arbiters of high culture, and there's danger that the raw immediacy of Jarman's artistic vision, that angry bite, might be defanged.
The net gain, from the country's perspective, were constitutional reforms that considerably defanged the security establishment, and have since come to redefine the rules of the game to the benefit of democratic forces.
But fangs can sometimes grow back and many snake charmers have died from supposedly defanged snakes.
The Vampire Defanged, How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero.