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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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Sekulow, the ACLJ's chief counsel, in a letter to the Post, trotted out the tired line of media "liberal bias" and defended Pryor as a guardian of constitutional rights of "all students in Alabama.
Their attacks on science are particularly disquieting to humanists, who have defended the scientific revolution and the methods of scientific inquiry.
Cervantes, the greatest fighter ever from Colombia, was a two-time junior welterweight champ who defended 10 times.
At a meeting with reporters earlier in the day at Parker Center, Parks defended his officers' conduct during the shootout and said it was ``inappropriate'' for anyone to suggest that officers consciously allowed a robbery suspect to bleed to death.
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No player, male or female, in the 30 years of Open era play has defended a Grand Slam title at a younger age.
He defended eight times before running into the great Salvador Sanchez, who beat him twice.
Liles successfully defended his title for the seventh time in his last bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING April 3, 1998, with a unanimous 12-round decision over mandatory challenger Andrei Schkalikov.
Hayes won the 400-meter hurdles and defended her conference title in the 100 hurdles.
He has defended that title 13 times, while also capturing the IBF crown in his finest moment in the ring on July 18, 1997, with a thrilling 12-round unanimous decision over hometown-rival Danny Romero.
Stein said Los Angeles residents feel less safe today then they did 12 years ago when Hahn was elected in part because Hahn has a poor conviction rate and has not adequately defended police officers wrongly accused of misconduct.
Tom Lehman and Duffy Waldorf successfully defended their PGA Diners Club match championship with a 2 and 1 victory Sunday over Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry.
White House special counsel Mark Fabiani defended his office's handling of the case, saying that in monitoring the statements of witnesses, the White House was merely trying to learn as much as it could to defend itself in a legal imbroglio orchestrated by hostile Republican investigators.
Davenport repeats: Lindsay Davenport of the United States defended her title at the $164,000 Strasbourg Open in France by beating Austrian Barbara Paulus, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), in the final.