fend off

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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." What is the best way to fend off an attacker? Her bodyguards tried to fend off all the photographers, but there were too many.
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 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.
See also: fend, off

fend off

v.
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
References in classic literature ?
I heard the unseen dogs growl furiously, and forthwith he ducked back,-- coming into contact with the hand I put out to fend him off from myself.
He seemed to have more breathing business to do than another man, and to make more noise in doing it; and I was conscious of growing high-shoulderd on one side, in my shrinking endeavours to fend him off.
The victim then visited a friend and was uneasy to find the accused on the bus returning home She was groped during the journey and tried to fend him off.
Minott had got another knife from the kitchen and when he came towards them her mother picked up a dining room chair to fend him off.
He attacked wheelchair user Liz, 45, in a London street as her carer tried to fend him off.
The driver then touched her thigh and bottom despite her trying to fend him off.
Sion David Hughes rained blows on Mark Whitley, and as he tried to fend him off Hughes had to be pulled away by members of the public.
According to prosecution records, the woman had slightly wounded the suspect's neck with the pen as she was trying to fend him off.
But shopkeeper Eric Lloyd managed to fend him off and chased Creighton out of his shop.
His intended victim bravely fought back though and, with the help of passers-by, she managed to fend him off.
Instead of embracing Blair, Ed Miliband should fend him off with a 10-yard bargepole" Labour MP Paul Flynn.
Rees charged at his father, who managed to fend him off before restraining him on the floor.
Not out of the first three in his last seven races, only War Poet could fend him off in a decent event at Thirsk last time out.
When the woman tried to fend him off, the assailant punched her arm, mounted the motorcycle and escaped with his driver accomplice.
The latest attack came on Thursday when the suspect attempted to force his way into a mobile home, but the woman inside was able to fend him off.