An attempt to defang the opposition.
To defang a snake.
To defang an opposing candidate.
The Government's new security supremo, Admiral Sir Alan West, said the danger from home-grown and foreign terrorists was at its greatest level ever, and warned that it could take up to 15 years to defang Islamic radicalism - The roots of terror,The Week, 14 July 2007, 622, 4.
Origin of defang
- de- + fang