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Heaven protects children(, sailors,) and drunken men.

Prov. Children(, sailors,) and drunk(ard)s often escape being injured in dangerous situations. (Often used to express amazement that a child, sailor, or drunk person has escaped injury.) Jill: Did you hear? A little girl fell out of a second-floor window in our apartment building. Jane: Was she killed? Jill: She wasn't even hurt. Jane: Heaven protects children, sailors, and drunken men. Mike was so drunk he shouldn't even have been conscious, but he managed to drive home without hurting himself or anyone else; heaven protects children and drunkards.

protect someone or something against someone or something

 and protect someone or something from someone or something
to shield or preserve someone or something against someone or something. Please come along and protect us against muggers as we walk home. What will protect my car against thieves?
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Like Cecilia, her knees are bent, her head is thrust backward, and a male figure hovers protectingly over her; indeed, the parallels between the two versions are remarkable--with the exception of the missing keyboard in the doppelganger work.
42) An article in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald described the unrealized sketch as featuring a "winged Spirit of Peace hovering over the kneeling figure of a man, protectingly embracing a woman and child" with "peaceful figures of the tiller of the soil" in the background.
By her side stood Rosen Blumen, holding in one hand a gilded pole surmounted by a liberty-cap, while her other hand rested protectingly on the head of Tulee's Benny, who was kneeling and looking upward in thanksgiving.
It arches protectingly over the last part of the Via Dolorosa.
Gone were the days when a gal went modestly into the shower in a robe and pulled a curtain protectingly across while she scrubbed herself.
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