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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.
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.
fend for oneself Go to shift for
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.
shift for oneselfand 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.
fend off somebodyalso 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
fend off somethingalso 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
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
To protect from something: We wear heavy parkas to fend against the cold wind.
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.
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.