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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Because of these crimes, I am in constant fear when I leave my home and I'm considering carrying something to defend myself with when I go out.
She said: "I can assure you that if anyone came into my house and I had a chance to defend myself with the sword - or anything else that came to hand - I would definitely do so.
For example, "My symbol is the rhododendron because you can tell how cold it is by the way its leaves curl up"; "That chipmunk never stands still, just like me"; and "I'm like this shrub; I'm small, but I can defend myself with little prickers.
I'm 61 years old and a bit unsteady on my feet, so I couldn't defend myself with my bare hands.
If I am ever on a hijacked plane and obliged to fight for my life, I want to defend myself with more than a toy knife and a member of Shirley Bassey's fan club.