declaw

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declaw ‎(third-person singular simple present declaws, present participle declawing, simple past and past participle declawed)

  1. To surgically remove the claws from.
  2. (figuratively) To make harmless.
    • 2016 January 25, "Why Arabs would regret a toothless Chinese dragon," The National (retrieved 25 January 2016):
      If, when the moment arrives, China is unwilling to side with its allies, the Arabs will rapidly find a declawed Chinese dragon unwelcome.

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