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?
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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.
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The ChevronTexaco lawsuit claims that the Company is contractually obligated to indemnify and defend them against all liability and costs incurred as a result of environmental contamination at and around the Indian Refinery, even if created by ChevronTexaco, as well as the related lawsuits, claims and administrative actions initiated by the EPA.
president and chairman commented, "The Company will continue to defend its position in this case and believes in the integrity of its employees, and will defend them against claims that are totally false.
It serves as clear notice to our competition that our trademarks are valuable assets of Millipore and we will defend them against any infringement or misuse by our competitors.