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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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Earlier last month, Parliament defanged Article 370 and also passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill 2019, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir with Assembly and Ladakh without legislature.
'National institutions like the AG's Chambers, the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Bank Negara were defanged and tamed with the dissolution of the high-powered Special Task Force on 1MDB,' Lim said in a statement.
Government officials and agencies have been defanged and entangled in the corruption web.
Second, once defanged, it has to be made subservient to India's unquestioned regional leadership and hegemony.
Palpably outplayed and defanged in Game Three, Fajardo has to rebound tonight if only to prove that he is worthy of receiving yet again a record sixth Best Player of the Conference award shortly.
With Parks, Rivero, Alabanza and Mark Torres bound to play for Alab Pilipinas, El Tigre, one of the early favorites in the 26-team league, have been defanged. Earlier, the Pampanga Lanterns rallied from five points down in the last 20 seconds to nip the Navotas Clutch, 89-88, in the opener.
But as early as July 2017 we were already calling for an in-depth probe into the total failure of intelligence that resulted in the seizure of Marawi City by local jihadists pledging allegiance to the now defanged Islamic State.
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 evening dew had effectively defanged the Indian spinners, while their pacers bled boundaries, leaving Mahendra Singh Dhoni in an unenviable position.
Demons were defanged. Rescuers morphed into predators.
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."
Worth watching for its emotional testimonies from family and friends, the pic is defanged by its surface-level approach and standard-issue filmmaking, making for an earnest yet incomplete portrait that should gather some buzz on VOD and the Spike network after a brief theatrical run.