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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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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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But as long as our business is organised in a way where we do not need any help from anybody and pay our people from our resources, it is defendable economically.
Among these strength points, NBK's strong capital base, defendable market leadership that was reinforced by the late acquisition of a near 30% stake in Boubyan Bank which facilitates access to Islamic banking, and the stability of a strong management team.
If it's defendable and constitutional, then it probably will stay in effect.
We have a unique and defendable low-cost model" based largely on operating Q400s on flights of 105 min.
The product monitors the supply and checks that patient identifiable charges cover costs, that markups are defendable and that all appropriate charges are captured for each patient.
True initiatives, the initiatives that have the power to change a campus, must be built on solid, defendable, inferential research.
tort laws are burdensome, "you can put yourself in a defendable position if you do the right thing.
Instead of relying on best guess speculation, a defendable argument can be made for resource requirements.
A quantitative risk analysis approach based on IMS and EMV and risk assessment techniques will result in an LRIP quantity that is clear, defendable, and that maximizes the benefits of the provision for LRIP, while minimizing the cost, schedule, and execution performance impacts to programs.
The benefit is that, if producers are periodically audited, handling awareness levels remain high and they can continue communicating to retailers that animals are handled with the best science-based and defendable techniques.
Facilities that take the time to do the procedure(s) correctly and accurately record their findings are much less likely to be accused of negligent care and, if sued, place themselves in a much more defendable position.
Mikael Ingberg, CEO of Aktia, said that although the banking system had many good qualities, the change of system was not financially defendable.
Black supporters, many veterans of the recent war, were well armed and in defendable positions, but the overwhelming police and white mob presence proved too much and the slaughter of the blacks and many of their white supporters began.
These solutions enable organizations to form judgements about their IT security risks using an objective, easy to understand measurement standard based on a defendable, repeatable mathematical database and process.
PepsiCo's investor presentation had three key hallmarks: 1) clear, understandable "base" cases; 2) trackable and defendable synergy targets; and 3) a credible management team already in place.