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defend (oneself or someone) with (something)

To use something to fight against a physical attack. When John realized that a burglar was in the house, he tried to defend himself with a baseball bat.
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defend (someone or something) against (someone or something)

1. To fight against a physical attack. We will most certainly defend this castle against any invaders, my liege.
2. To argue in favor of someone or something in the face of opposition. How do you plan to defend him against such incriminating evidence?
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defend someone or something against someone or something

1. to stand against an attack; to provide a defense against attack. Don't worry, I will defend you against any muggers. We defended ourselves against the attack. The army defended the town against the enemy soldiers.
2. . to advocate the cause of someone or something against someone or something else. The lawyer defended her against the plaintiff. She defended the company against the suit.
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defend someone with something

to repel danger from someone with something. Here, defend yourself with this club. Mary defended herself with karate.
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Only Sidney's Defence is primarily concerned to defend literature, and Spenser's defence of his poem (The Faerie Queene 4.
The rational mind is being discredited by the very academics who used to defend the power and efficacy of the word.
But the fact that we defend individual self-determination does not mean that we condone any and all vagaries of human conduct.
Emphasizing that "three-plus-three" could have a system in place within the same time frame as the Defend America Act, Clinton is trumpeting his program as the rational alternative.
When Mattel sued MGA, alleging that a Bratz designer had developed the concept for the popular doll while working for Mattel, MGA tendered to four consecutive insurance companies to defend the claim.
The best thing the city attorney and City Council can do to protect the taxpayers' interests is to aggressively defend all but the clearest cases.
How can a priest defend such anti-Christian views as the right to choose an abortion and same-sex 'marriage?
Thus, when the offensive team passes the ball to either wing, the "Basket-Man" (X1) will rotate out to defend the ball, while the original "Ball-Man" (X2) will drop quickly down the lane to protect the basket.
And he revealed he would even defend terror chief Bin Laden, saying: "One of my colleagues once said the story would be if Findlay WOULDN'T defend Osama Bin Laden.
The duty to defend, albeit a broad one, encompassing liability for damages potentially covered tinder the policies, does not stretch this far.
The hundreds of snapping shrimp species seek daytime burrows or crevices and then defend them furiously by snapping at intruders.
This is an organization whose sole purpose is to defend the Bill of Rights, so the natural question is why wouldn't a senator choose to uphold the Constitution?
Defending OSAA Class 4A champion Sheldon looks to defend its district title when the boys tournament begins at 8:30 a.
There are basically four ways to defend the pick and roll: