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de·fang

 (dē-făng′)
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.

defang

(diːˈfæŋ)
vb (tr)
1. to remove the fangs from (an animal or reptile)
2. to weaken or compromise (something)

de•fang

(diˈfæŋ)

v.t.
1. to remove the fangs of.
2. to remove the power or threat of; render harmless.
[1950–55]
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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