- 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 defanged
Financial firms want less regulation and defanged or compliant regulators.Mystery Solved: Here’s Why Big Business Keeps Supporting Republicans Even as Republicans Destroy the Economy
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People came from far and wide to photograph the defanged tiger in his Fort Sill home.The Bin Laden of His Day? A New Biography of Geronimo
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Without Muller, Germany was defanged by the swarming Spanish defense.World Cup Primer
June 12, 2010