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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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.
Why would we want to defend ourselves with one hand tied behind our back?
We are of the opinion that the judgment is incorrect and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves with all appropriate legal means.
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.