defang defang

Definition(s):

  • (v) remove the fangs from

Usage(s):

  1. Now Nouri al-Malaki faces pressure to defang his most significant political backer, Moqtada al Sadr.
  2. The disapproval of Iraq's Shi'ite-dominated government remains a serious obstacle to any sustained American effort to defang the Mahdi Army.
  3. Hindus defang their serpents by searing the jaws with hot irons.

News

  • Obamacare's Latest Shift Extends Old Plans to Late 2016

    White House officials announced what they called adjustments meant to “provide a smooth transition for consumers and insurers” as the Affordable Care Act takes effect. The changes are also meant to defang some of the criticisms of the health law.
    on March 6, 2014     Source: BusinessWeek

Quotes

  1. "If President Calderon's policies to roll back organized crime are to be successful, we need to defang the power of the drug syndicates to inflict damage upon our state, local and police forces," Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador to the...
    on Mar 24, 2009 By: Arturo Sarukhan Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. In a second e-mail titled "epidemic of shareholder idiocy," Black told Healy: "I'm assembling materials to rebut these ridiculous charges ...... (I can) defang this issue."
    on May 22, 2007 By: Conrad Black Source: Reuters Canada

  3. Pete Grannis, Mr. Spitzer's commissioner of environmental conservation, said that "it would be impossible for this governor to defang himself," given his nature.
    on Jul 28, 2007 By: Alexander Pete Grannis Source: New York Times

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