defend (someone or something) against (someone or something)

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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?
See also: defend

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.
See also: defend
References in classic literature ?
He had little hope that Sheeta would return, for had the great cat intended to defend him against all comers it would have remained by his side as it heard the approaching savages without.
Summary: Political, religious, military, social and civil society activists flocked to Northern Governor Nasif Qaloush's office in the Tripoli Serail to defend him against what they described as "a smear campaign" targeting him on social networks.
BEIRUT: Political, religious, military, social and civil society activists flocked to Northern Governor Nasif Qaloush's office in the Tripoli Serail to defend him against what they described as "a smear campaign" targeting him on social networks.
Faithful to his name, which means "smoke," Rauch seems to want to set it all ablaze, and this renegade spirit--the denial of self and art, of self in art--will help defend him against his ever-expanding circle of admirers.
Curtis Hinton, a 45-year-old warehouse worker who opposed Beavers, said he was unable to find an attorney to defend him against the objections.