defend (oneself or someone) with (something)

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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 with something

to repel danger from someone with something. Here, defend yourself with this club. Mary defended herself with karate.
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The person who is doing this, when Vicky tries to defend herself with her right hand, strikes her right hand and continues to press the neck.
A 90-YEAR-OLD woman tried to defend herself with a knitting needle against a gang of burglars who threatened to smother her.
She will be attacked and will defend herself with the best technology we have to offer.
During the struggle the pensioner tried to defend herself with a knife, but she ended up cutting herself as she grappled with the intruder.
So basically, she can only defend herself with a public defender, while he gets away with the family jewels and her 50 percent of community property.
Is Solomon seriously suggesting that his wife can't defend herself with the shotguns, handguns and rifles that she can legally possess in her home?