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.
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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
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I wish you all success and I'm pleased to meet you, praise to Allah and may Allah bestows upon us his blessings, fend us off being arrogant and off committing what is bad either to our religion, country and people, the King commented, concluding by thanking the audience and praying that may he see them again, in good health, as brothers and sons, not as physicians.
Finnie was invited to speak to our reporter on the crisis, but instead sent an aide to fend us off at reception.