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Make (something) harmless or ineffectual.‘the president had largely defanged the opposition’
- ‘A great flick to take the wee ones to, especially when current paranoia practically begs both parents and kids to have their nightmares defanged.’
- ‘Instead of being authentic art, music becomes a thing to be bought and sold, which debases the very meaning of the music and defangs the threat.’
- ‘But he has looked the beast in the face and defanged it.’
- ‘Luckily, these pre-summit initiatives were defanged and something quite different took place in Geneva instead.’
- ‘The lengthy appeal should ensure that decoupling is defanged.’
- ‘Never mind that he had been defeated, defanged, isolated, and contained.’
- ‘If their campy, defanged delivery is too much for you, and you like your rock sweaty and sincere, there's still more than a couple songs with wider appeal.’
- ‘The tendency is for the ruling ideology to slowly come to accommodate rebellion, to sanitise, defang and deodorize its primary practitioners.’
- ‘You defang a goodly quantity of liberal opposition by deeming passport or driving licence as base ID, and you can associate the data you like without giving them the opportunity to oppose you.’
- ‘Yet being included in the museum's powerful if mute embrace sometimes defangs what once had a powerful bite, makes it less edgy and disruptive.’
- ‘First, a trade secret: the snakes with a snake charmer are usually defanged.’
- ‘If reality bites, we can just defang it and alter the picture to better serve our aims.’
- ‘Whatever the reason, this biting comedy has been defanged.’
- ‘‘Liturgizing’ parts of the Scriptures, especially the prophetic sections, not only enshrines these potent passages; it also domesticates and defangs them of their power.’
- ‘In addition to the important question of who receives the reports, other seemingly insignificant details can defang a proposal.’
- ‘Stars became less incandescent and more establishment; rock's rebels were defanged.’
- ‘It's a ruse to show that the snake is not defanged,’ said Whitaker.’
- ‘It certainly doesn't help that these tracks, marginal compositions to begin with, seem to have been completely defanged by glossy production techniques.’
- ‘He's very much aware of the fact that humor can be used to defang a problematic issue.’
- ‘Even better, it might defang the other nine state laws as well, making it clear that they truly apply to everyone.’
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