defend (oneself or someone) with (something)

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defend (oneself or someone) with (something)

To use something to protect (someone or something) against a physical attack. When John realized that a burglar was in the house, he tried to defend himself with a baseball bat.
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defend someone with something

to repel danger from someone with something. Here, defend yourself with this club. Mary defended herself with karate.
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The person who is doing this, when Vicky tries to defend herself with her right hand, strikes her right hand and continues to press the neck.
A 90-YEAR-OLD woman tried to defend herself with a knitting needle against a gang of burglars who threatened to smother her.
During the struggle the pensioner tried to defend herself with a knife, but she ended up cutting herself as she grappled with the intruder.