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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.
See also: and, fend, prove

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 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.
See also: fend, off

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

fend for yourself

to take care of yourself The girl took everything she could carry and left the boy all alone to fend for himself.
See also: fend

fend off somebody

also fend somebody off
1. to stop someone from coming too near to you She was never very good at fending off the boys.
2. to stop someone from hurting you The young woman was able to fend off the robber.
Related vocabulary: ward off somebody/something
See also: fend, off

fend off something

also fend something off
to prevent something from happening A politician has to learn how to fend off unfriendly questions, especially from the press.
Related vocabulary: stave off something
See also: fend, off

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.
See also: shift

fend against

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

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.
See also: fend

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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MY BALL: Determination on the face of a Coast Soccer player as he fends off a Cramlington challenge at under-11 level (above); FUL OF EFFORT: Sunderland-based Fulwell FC (plain shirts) against Cramlington Juniors Reds in the under-13 competition (left); BLYTH SPIRIT: Blyth Spartans Under-13s (dark shirts) fend off Scottish side Rosyth Colts (right); ON THE ATTACK: Wallsend BC push forward against Wansbeck in an under-13 match (above); WHITE HOT: Cramlington Whites (in white shorts) in possession during their under-13 meeting with Swanside Boys (left and below); TWO AGAINST ONE: More from the Blyth Spartans-Rosyth under-13 match (above)
They are continuing to describe not only how the microbe synthesizes that reinforced cell wall, but also other ways in which the bacterium fends off drugs.
Thompson and his colleagues began with bacteria from the genus Streptomyces, soil bacteria that share an ancestor with Mycobacterium and are champions of producing antibiotics that fend off other microbes.
Ada fends off the evil characters who want her and her farm for themselves.
Together Ada and Ruby develop the farm, make use of the land, fend off the predators, both human and animal, while they wait for Inman's return from the war.
What: Conservative talk ringmaster Mike Gallagher fields listener calls and fends off stray liberals.
PAPAYA Plenty of vitamin C which helps the body heal and fends off colds.
BLUEBERRIES One of the superfoods, blueberry's beta-carotene helps promote eye health while its flavanoids help blood circulation and have a strong antioxidant function to fend off a range of illnesses.
Using a double-barreled approach to immunization, scientists have created a combination of vaccines that fends off deadly Ebola virus in monkeys.
CHARLES Worthington fends off humidity with its Curl Protector Mousse for pounds 4.
50) is a leave-in cream which can be applied to wet or dry hair to fend off the sun's harmful rays.
This suggests significant mucosal immunity--so named because it fends off microbes that latch onto the mucus-lined surfaces of the mouth and throat.
It also fends off infection-causing fungi and bacteria.