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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 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?
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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.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Their total looked at least 30 short of a defendable one and Bell made the most of his opportunity at the top of the order since replacing the retired Kevin Pietersen.
Wicket-keeper batsman Neil Dantas top scored with 46 runs (2x4) to take the team to a defendable target at the Penang Sports Club.
Dilou described this proposal as a "defendable" and "original" one insofar as it differs from the general inclination that characterised the previous meetings he had with the political parties, organisations and national figures "who stressed the need to open the old files, re-write objectively history and also include the intervals between the two constituent assemblies (1956 and 2011) into the scope of transitional justice."
In-form Bopara bailed them out from 47 for four, batting first on a slow and awkward surface - and after Chris Woakes had lent a hand with an unbeaten 46, 219 all out proved defendable.
For cavity-nesting birds, tree cavities often represent a critical, defendable, and limiting resource that is frequently under intense interspecific competition.
The $250 million Masdar Clean Tech Fund (I) launched in 2006 is fully invested, targeting $10 million-$25 million investment ticket sizes in companies with promising technology and defendable IP.
Trott felt England had got a bit stuck at the end of their innings, but it still proved a defendable total as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 252 in reply as Cook's side sealed the series 3-2.
Trott felt England had got a little bit stuck at the end of their innings but it still proved a defendable total as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 252 in reply.
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A total of 118 for nine was only going to be defendable if Bangladesh's spinners, who have tortured West Indies throughout the tour, found their groove quickly.
But Oram stood firms to patiently bring up his half-century before smashing 25 from the final over to help New Zealand post a defendable 212 for nine.