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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What have we got left to defend ourselves with? Can Corbyn and his cronies explain to the British people what he is going to do to keep Britain safe?
That is, if a person is unarmed and we defend ourselves with an improvised weapon and kill them--we go to jail.
'We will defend ourselves with all available means,' a spokesman reportedly said.
DESPITE the reservations of readers such as Paul Hemming, I say again the prayer answered was that England was spared the Nazi invasion when it seemed imminent and we had nothing to defend ourselves with.
"But if we are to face that, we will defend ourselves with all the means that we have.
I DON'T know the age of Tony Eadington, but he obviously wasn't in Birmingham, London or Coventry during World War II or he would have known we were bombed when Germany was armed to the hilt and we had little or nothing to defend ourselves with.