Definition of defang
: to make harmless or less powerful
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Her interview with Vladimir Putin was perceived by some as defanged and occasionally boring.
The bill defangs the ACA's insurance requirement retroactively, so that people who failed to have coverage last year would no longer risk a penalty.
The bill defangs the ACA’s insurance requirement retroactively, so that people who failed to have coverage last year would no longer risk a penalty.
A country that has some success with defanging Pyonyang’s fledgling missile program is probably safer than one that throws up its hands in despair.
Erdogan, 63, who has already defanged Turkey’s once-influential military, neutralized the opposition and subordinated the press, will now wipe out any vestiges of dissent within the ruling party.
After passage of JASTA, filings show that Saudi lobbyists arranged all-expense paid luxury trips for veterans to travel to Washington to lobby for amending and defanging the law.
The delay could largely defang the proposal's effect on demolitions and development.
Opponents of a landmark retirement-savings regulation cheered President Donald Trump’s election as their chance to kill the rule, or at the very least defang it.
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