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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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The chief objective of the coalition's operations was reinstalling the government of president Hadi and defanging Al Houthis power.
By defanging modernism of its radicalism and turning it into an international vehicle for whitebread all-American convictions--freedom and individualism--that would inspire the world by combating the communist aesthetic canon that restricted free expression behind the Iron Curtain (Socialist Realism).
These "arrest orders" are important tools in creating pressure on the press, pushing back voices of opposition and defanging security officials instrumental in the unfolding of corruption investigations.
On the surface, this may seem sensible, as both Washington and Tehran have an interest in defanging a militant Sunni group.
And the military sees defanging the Muslim Brotherhood as very much in its interest -- and they are going to pursue that with or without American aid.
A politician who had joined the Congress once privately described how the party treated some of its members -- by defanging them and draining them of venom.
The real issue is not taking power, but defanging power.