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defend (oneself or someone) with (something)

To use something to protect (someone or something) 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 protect (someone or something) 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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Like his former teammate Nazir, Razzaq also felt the batsmen should have known what kind of target the bowlers could have defended and should have planned accordingly.
The deeper you defend, the more difficult it is to recover.
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Jethmalani said it is the government's duty to defend the chief minister.
All this said, the way a particular state determines whether a duty to defend is owed should be as predictable as General Electric paying a dividend.
When children defend, they may interrupt the cycle of victimization between peers, which is of benefit to the defender (Meter & Card, 2015) and can mitigate the effects of bullying on victims (Sainio, Veenstra, Huitsing, & Salmivalli, 2011; Salmivalli, Voeten, & Poskiparta, 2011).
Increasingly, state attorneys general (1) are declining to defend
The plaintiffs alleged that each of the defendants was an insurer to one or more of the subcontractors on the projects, that each of the plaintiffs was an additional insured under each of the respective policies, that each of the defendant insurers owed each of the plaintiffs a duty to defend the Baker litigation, and that by denying the tender of the defense of the Baker litigation each of the defendants breached a contract of insurance and its implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
She persuaded the Kind of Persia to allow the Jews to defend themselves, and thus saved them.
And they have thus become people who defend thieves and thievery.
It's not much of a stretch to say that an insurer's duty to defend has been litigated over the years at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Ms Rajab paid tribute to all journalists and media figures who rallied to defend the nation, saying that Bahrain's leaders and people would never forget their honourable and patriotic stances.
GOLF: Dawie van der Walt admits he faces a journey into the unknown as he looks to defend his Tshwane Open title this week and maintain the dominance of South African players on home soil.