defend (someone or something) against (someone or something)

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defend (someone or something) against (someone or something)

1. To protect (someone or something) against a physical attack. We will most certainly defend this castle against any invaders, my liege.
2. To argue in favor of someone or something in the face of opposition. How do you plan to defend him against such incriminating evidence?
See also: defend

defend someone or something against someone or something

 
1. to stand against an attack; to provide a defense against attack. Don't worry, I will defend you against any muggers. We defended ourselves against the attack. The army defended the town against the enemy soldiers.
2. . to advocate the cause of someone or something against someone or something else. The lawyer defended her against the plaintiff. She defended the company against the suit.
See also: defend
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Last season we tried to play higher up the pitch, to have possession and to defend one against one, with 15 metres to his back.
The approach here is not to argue the superiority of individual rights over utilitarianism, or vice versa, or to defend one against the other.
It's not easy to defend one against one but tactically you can sort out this problem.