Defang meaning

dē-făng
To remove the fangs of (a snake, for example).
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To undermine the strength or power of; make ineffectual.

An attempt to defang the opposition.

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To remove the fangs of.

To defang a snake.

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To render harmless.

To defang an opposing candidate.

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To remove the fangs, as of a snake.
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To remove the fangs from (something).

The snake was defanged.

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(figuratively) To render harmless.

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.

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Origin of defang

  • de- +‎ fang

    From Wiktionary