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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How accurate do you need to be to defend yourself with a handgun?
Arrest-Proof Yourself: An Ex-Cop Reveals How Easy It Is for Anyone to Get Arrested, How to Just Say No to Car Searches, How to Legally Defend Yourself With Firearms.
Defend Yourself With The Gun At Hand is classic Clint stuff to use what you already have effectively rather than trying to buy your way into effectiveness.
First, you must defend yourself with respect to the very serious charge you are facing.
The deputy sheriff explained to the Tallahassee Democrat that under state law, "the Castle Doctrine allows you to defend yourself with like force if someone comes on your property, but it has to be a reasonable amount of force that was used against you for you to protect yourself or your family.
You do not need to be in particularly great shape or really strong to be able defend yourself with these simple techniques, which are suitable for men and women," he said.
If you can't defend yourself with your hands, I don't see the point of carrying a weapon as it will probably be used against you.
New for 2008, Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch presents "Defensive Firearms: Defend Yourself With The Gun At Hand.
Chief Inspector Jim Webster, of the Metropolitan Police steering group on sexual offences, said: "By law, you have a basic right to defend yourself with 'reasonable means' and if the crime is rape, you can defend yourself well.