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defang

[dee-fang] /diˈfæŋ/
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
1950-1955
1950-55; de- + fang
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Examples for defang
  • Snake charmers defang their animals to avoid lethal bites while still giving the impression they are handling deadly snakes.

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