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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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But the idea of "separation of church and state" (a phrase not in the Constitution) and the role of religion in public life are still intensely debated: Conservatives often argue that the First Amendment protects freedom of religion, not freedom from religion; liberals often say that the best way to protect religious freedom is to minimize its role in public life.
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Instead of products designed to protect against the loss of an asset or contract, trade disruption insurance protects against not being able to transport a product where it needs to go because a disruption has occurred along a trade route.
As it stands, New Jersey doesn't have a statewide law that protects big trees," Brash points out.
By shifting to an approach that retains local control, protects younger students and empowers older students and holds them accountable, school districts can help young people develop effective filtering and blocking systems that will reside in the hardware that sits upon their shoulders.
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No federal law specifically protects people from genetic discrimination.
A Kovel letter, which provides that the CPA is employed by an attorney, protects CPA-client communications.
The work product privilege protects material that is prepared in anticipation of litigation or for trial--by an attorney, a person working for an attorney, or in some cases a nonattorney--and contains or reflects mental impressions, thought processes, theories, opinions, or conclusions.
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Having more than one set of backup media protects against backup media failure.
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