defang

[dee-fang]
verb (used with object)
1.
to remove the fangs of: to defang a snake.
2.
to cause to become less powerful or threatening; render harmless.

Origin:
1950–55; de- + fang

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Example sentences
Snake charmers defang their animals to avoid lethal bites while still giving the impression they are handling deadly snakes.
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