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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Offering complete, comprehensive, "user friendly", step-by-step, illustrations instructions, anyone can learn how to defend themselves with using a six-inch flashlight to ward off and punish an attacker.
In reporting the story, a local paper, the Times-Dispatch, gave a very biased account of that incident in the obvious hope that the reporting would provoke an indignant response toward people who would defend themselves with guns.
Although formicine ants use an alkaloid pheromone, they defend themselves with formic acid.
Some Burseras defend themselves with chemical cocktails or toxins that squirt out of leaves under attack.
Players travel Star Control 3's immense universe with 24 different alien starships and defend themselves with 48 unique weapons while negotiating alliances with a host of bizarre aliens.
Some corn varieties that arose on the Caribbean island of Antigua defend themselves with chemical attacks that leave insect gut linings in tatters.