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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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THE first duty of the Ministry of Defence is to defend us against our enemies.
The new F-35 planes and Trident nuclear programme are weapons of mass destruction which won't defend us against the real threat this country faces - which is terrorism.
Trident cannot defend us against the biggest threats to UK security, they would cause unimaginable death and suffering if they were they to be used, and they cost an unjustifiable amount of money in an age of austerity where Tory cuts are being made to public services left, right and centre.
Through doublespeak and double-dealing, they convince us that we need to buy weapons to defend us against the weapons other countries will buy to attack us.
"Antibodies that normally help to defend us against viruses or bacteria can obviously under certain circumstances turn against their own body and attack nerve cells.
There is no chance that the US will be able to defend us against such an attack, especially a nuclear attack, unless the Americans deploy a significant amount of forces on Israeli territory -- tens of thousands of soldiers with missile batteries, radars and other measures, who will be on constant alert and ready to intercept ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and planes arriving with a deadly cargo from Iran or from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Iran's allies.
And yet, people pay these people weekly tithes, instead of using the monies to invest in research and healthcare systems that would enable real heroes like Dr Adadevoh to defend us against the diseases and ailments that actually kill us.
In our bodies, like in plants, they help defend us against the wear and tear of daily life," said Dr.
We cover your back and you defend us against foreign enemies," he appealed.
When they are told that all Muslims are dangerous they say, "Those people are crazy." That is what can defend us against the growth of absurd stereotypes that can easily circulate and which stand in the way of our being able to live together.
Dr Shahjahan P A, General Practitioner, Aster Medical Center says, "The lymphatic system is one of the body's barriers to defend us against infections.
The National Post (June 18) presented opposing arguments, the first by Matt Gurney who claimed that the Smith decision "strikes the right balance" with limits stipulated in legislation and no one should fear "the sick killed off tomorrow to save the health system money." The opposing opinion was written by EPC physician Will Johnston who stated, after noting foreign examples of killing without consent, that "the Charter is meant to defend us against violations by the state--not abet self-inflicted injuries or death."
In addition, the researchers suggest that evolutionarily ancient immune system cells may have developed a molecular sensitivity to our social environment in order to help defend us against socially transmitted pathogens.