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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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In any case, it is in Pakistan's own interest to ensure that crackdowns and bans on specific organisations have the desired effect and that these groups are defanged permanently and do not have any opportunity to resurrect themselves under a different name.
The animals have purposefully not been defanged," says Boncourt.
Only thus will the Deep State be defanged and destroyed.
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The defanged nature of that premise, long a staple of sci-fi storytelling, accounts for much of the amiability of "People of Earth," a gentle and modestly pleasing comedy about a support group for alien abductees.
It defanged Denton's ban by pre-empting local regulation of all "below-ground oil and gas activities" - like bans on hydraulic fracturing or drilling.
ISIL will be destroyed, Iran will be defanged," under his administration, the senator proclaimed, using an alternate acronym for Islamic State (ISIS).
Before construction began, a long roster of government officials, well-connected businessmen, and even one of Thaksin's sisters bought land in anticipation of what was coming; a new "Venice of the East floating atop a defanged Cobra Swamp, with dry land set aside for golf courses and cargo complexes.
Iran is already the decisive player in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, and it will undoubtedly do all it can to in-crease its power and influence in a country--and an old enemy--that it has long wanted defanged and safely trussed up within its orbit.
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.
Analyst argues Merkel's defanged response to Russian aggression in Ukraine is legacy of World War II; calls for military confrontation easier from a distance