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fend and prove

dated To argue and defend a point or opinion. I was forced to fend and prove my stance before the tribunal.
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fend away

To turn away or deny; to keep something at bay; to fight or ward off. The governor fended away questions about his role in the money laundering scandal. I fended away the blows of my attackers.
See also: away, fend

fend for (oneself)

To look after or take care of oneself without assistance from anyone else. Moving to a new country for college really made me learn to fend for myself. I won't be home from work until about 9 o'clock, so you and your sister will have to fend for yourselves for dinner.
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fend off

1. To fight off someone or something that is advancing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." How will we fend off all these attackers?
2. To try to prevent something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." Getting a flu shot will help you to fend off future illness.
See also: fend, off

fend for oneself Go to shift for

See also: fend, shift

fend someone or something off

to hold someone or something off; to fight someone or something off. We knew we could fend them off only a little while longer. They could not fend off the attackers.
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shift for oneself

 and fend for oneself
to get along by oneself; to support oneself. I'm sorry, I can't pay your rent anymore. You'll just have to shift for yourself. When I became twenty years old, I left home and began to fend for myself.
See also: shift

shift for oneself

Also, fend for oneself. Provide for one's own needs, as in Don't worry about Anne; she's very good at shifting for herself, or The children had to fend for themselves after school. The first term, using shift in the now obsolete sense of "manage," was first recorded about 1513; the variant, using fend for in the sense of "look after," was first recorded in 1629.
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fend against

To protect from something: We wear heavy parkas to fend against the cold wind.
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fend for

To provide for, take care of, or defend someone without assistance: We watched the bear fending for her cubs as the hunters approached. I had to fend for myself when I arrived in Europe alone.
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fend off

1. To try to prevent something; avert something: To fend off cavities, brush your teeth regularly.
2. To turn something aside; repel something: The troops fended the enemy off. My neighbor fended off the reporters who blocked her driveway.
See also: fend, off
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Now, as privatization draws to a close and deregulation is de rigueur, the region's once protected Spanish subsidiaries are seeking market-share fortresses to fend off international insurgents.
Hay got his political start in the Communist Party and the visionary coalition politics of the Popular Front, when the Communists aligned themselves with civil-rights and labor organizations in an attempt to fend off fascism in Europe and to support Roosevelt's New Deal.
While the LBO's objective was to take the company private, it was not done to fend off an imminent hostile corporate takeover.
However, the companies will first have to fend off threats from con artists and deadbeat applicants.
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The unveiling of the airlines is expected to take place next year and go someway to helping ANA fend off competition from other budget carriers.
The responses rival those seen in African adults who routinely fend off malaria, say the researchers.
IN an effort to fend off endless litigation, construction delays and cost overruns, Los Angeles Unified School District officials agreed to a $4.
He instinctively tried to fend it off, but was struck and suffered a broken right wrist, which is still causing him problems at work.
Since January, we've had to fend off attacks that could cause long-term damage like global warming and unnecessary and damaging oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wild places.
Brian Bond, who worked for the Democratic National Committee during the campaign, says the Dole campaign was forced to fend off repeated press inquiries about the seeming contradiction between employing gay staffers and refusing to accept a donation from Log Cabin Republicans-- a situation the Democrats watched with glee.
Because subcontractors--not the clothing manufacturers themselves--employ these workers, the industry has managed to fend off traditional organizing efforts.
Fend knows this and is fond of quoting a remark attributed to Alberti: that an architect's responsibility is to build cities with clean air and clean water.
While all firms offer a variety of proprietary and non-proprietary ETFs for purchase, the majority does not aggregate information about them and place it in an easy-to-use and find location, leaving it up to the individual investors to fend for themselves.