fend for (oneself)

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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 for

v.
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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Bunny was found in Eugene as a stray, and it is likely she had been living for a long time on her own, fending for herself.
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The bitch, Springfield Pie, went missing from the Ockendon kennel complex when just a year old and is believed to have been roaming loose and fending for herself for nine years.
Salmon has told friends she finds difficulty fending for herself.
Staff member Lyndsey Crawford said: "Although she should be fending for herself now, and will eat whole fish when the staff dole them out, she still constantly pesters her parents to get them to regurgitate more food.
EBONY had been fending for herself with a broken tail for about four months before being rescued.
Cyphers doesn't want to talk about why she left home at 13, sleeping in parks in Pacoima and Van Nuys and fending for herself as best she could.
Defence barrister Nicola Harris said she had a sad background - fending for herself since the age of 14 - then turning to drug-taking.
Although many people have fought for Lori, she has spent five insufferably long years fending for herself in various jails.