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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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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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Unfortunately, EPA could not develop a sound and defendable policy, so that effort was abandoned by the agency earlier this year.
The triple-'A' counterparty credit and insurer financial strength ratings on LGA reflect the company's extremely strong capitalization, very strong financial flexibility, very strong and defendable business position in the U.
2) Strategic planning is based on a robust and defendable situational analysis that incorporates solid, defendable marketing research.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni did what he could to try to salvage a defendable target with a 69-ball half-century.
That at least helped the home side set a defendable total of 150 for five.
Lancashire claimed a 37-run victory over Paul Nixon's team and by the time Allenby performed his last-over heroics - he finished with 5-21 - some explosive hitting by Kyle Hogg had all but guided the home side to a defendable total of 167.
We didn't get enough runs on the board, if we had got to 200 it might have been defendable, but we were always chasing the game.
But the home fans in Mohali feared, after Sachin Tendulkar (85) had ridden his luck against Wahab Riaz (five for 46), 260 for nine may not be a defendable total.
A DEPLETED Coventry Crusaders side threatened an upset last weekend as league leaders Bristol took until the final minute to open up a defendable lead to win 72-80.
Johnson is also more than useful with the bat as demonstrated by the clubbed 73 not out that lifted the Gold and Greens to a defendable total against West Indies last Saturday.
Summary: Moody's: The strength of NBK's capital base, defendable market leadership, successful regional expansions along with its stable management team places the bank above its rated peers
Describing the progress of Renaissance's Marine, Engineering and Contract Services businesses, Fancy said, "Our company has a credible growth story; strong, differentiated and defendable existing market positions; sound industry fundamentals; an experienced management team; and a flexible, resilient financial business model.
This company is built on a bedrock of proven success: a credible growth story; strong, differentiated and defendable existing market positions; sound industry fundamentals; an experienced management team; and a flexible, resilient financial business model," said Samir J Fancy, Chairman of Renaissance Services.
But an Australian record partnership of 88 for the ninth wicket between Marsh (110) and Doug Bollinger (30) allowed the hosts to achieve a defendable total, although England looked to be struggling to reach that target, losing Strauss, Prior and Kevin Pietersen (to a first ball duck) early in their reply.