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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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Why have their nefarious activities not raised a similar hue and cry for instant exposure, defanging and reforms?
Proponents of defanging these regulators argue that excessive regulation of systemically important financial institutions has led to capital hoarding, while on the consumer side, the CFPB has made consumer credit too tight.
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.
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.
The real issue is not taking power, but defanging power.
Max Boot, who last year was a very early voice on the right condemning Israel's tactics in enforcing its blockade, which left nine dead, points out that Israeli diplomacy additionally scored a major coup in defanging the flotilla by persuading Turkey not to tacitly endorse Flotilla 2, as it had Flotilla 1, and to get the Turkish IHH charity, which has ties to Hamas and was Flotilla 1′s ringleader, to withdraw.