fend against

fend against (something)

To guard against or ward something off. That's why you get an alarm system—to fend against burglars.
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fend against

v.
To protect from something: We wear heavy parkas to fend against the cold wind.
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Sam Cane of New Zealand tries to fend against Wales' Rhys Webb during the second International Test in Wellington
It is a theory she applies even to the criticism she had had to fend against over the years, one that alleging her acting is never upto the mark.
After a watching a video and learning some air sign-language, I'm left to fend against the vertical fans that can power wind up to 200km/ per hour.
Having examined the response of the surface at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, in the six-week tour's opening two-day match this week, Fletcher sees sacrificing a specialist batsman as the lesser evil than leaving an inexperienced attack of four to fend against Sachin Tendulkar et al on pitches of their utmost liking.
Having examined the response of the surface at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, in the sixweek tour's opening match this week, sacrificing a specialist batsman is a lesser evil to Fletcher than leaving an inexperienced attack of four to fend against Sachin Tendulkar et al on pitches of their utmost liking.
This time, Barney ( Stallone) has to fend against Conrad Stonebanks ( Mel Gibson, in superb form), the man who co- founded the Expendables unit along with him years ago.
The few remaining survivors must build fortresses to fend against hostile attacks.
And as the goofy group tries to relocate after getting displaced, there are pirates and monster fish that they must fend against.
The film traces the hilarious adventure that follows, as Flynn and Rapunzel are chased by a super- cop horse, come across an over- protective chameleon and have to fend against a gang of pub thugs.