- to remove the fangs of: to defang a snake.
- to cause to become less powerful or threatening; render harmless.
Origin of defang
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Examples from the Web for defang
It may even sink the talks President Obama is hoping will persuade Iran to defang its nuclear program.Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran
April 8, 2014
To be sure, Washington has been trying to defang this capability, but it has been living with it.Leslie H. Gelb: North Korea, U.S. Headed to Brink of War, Unnoticed
Leslie H. Gelb
April 1, 2012
There is indeed a threat, but it is the Northern Irish parties themselves who are in the best position to defang it.Ireland's Big Breakthrough
February 6, 2010