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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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They were voted through on December 8, but only after MPs had inserted a number of amendments which, according to the government, defang the audit service and defeat its purpose.
The latest development in the ongoing saga is that the Russia sanctions bill passed by Congress, which is controlled by Republicans -- the president's own party -- was received by Trump with hesitation, doubts and an attempt to defang it.
Addressing a seminar, he said: "Executive attacks Parliament and interfere in its working using the notorious Article 58-2(b) and now 'new tactics' are being used to defang it, and it also intervenes in the working of judiciary while judiciary tries to overcome Parliament and Executive.
This idea of his is only comparable to his ground-breaking initiative to try and defang terrorism through demonitisation.
Over the shouts of the Democratic members, Ryan calmly called for comment on the planned item, the override of President's Obama's veto of a House action to defang new Labor Department regulations over financial advisors.
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.
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.
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.
Because banks became weapons of mass economic destruction in the 2008 global financial crisis, post-crisis regulations sought to defang financial institutions through increased capital requirements.