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defend (oneself or someone) with (something)

To use something to fight 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 fight 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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In response to Davis' challenge, Abbott said he defended the state's laws as he's required to do as Texas' chief legal officer.
1 mandatory contender -- Williams -- provided the winner next defended the title against Williams.
If the ball is passed from the wing back to the point, the original "Basket-Man"--X1 (who has defended the "Wing-Pass," the first pass) would then also defend the "Reversal Pass.
It was a complete failure to recognise that you can only have a justice system if people are properly defended.
Speaking to the December 19 Denver Post, Kieserman defended the Coast Guard's recently enacted policy of deploying cutters off Latin America and arresting foreign nationals trying to leave their own countries.
Not only has Pryor loudly defended Judge Roy Moore's installation of a gigantic granite Ten Commandments monument within the Alabama Supreme Court building, he has also raised the ire of reproductive rights groups by referring to the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v.
It began, "What was once seen as an act of desperation--the killing of one's own child--is now fiercely defended as a good decision and promoted as a right.
Ortec International (Nasdaq:ORTC), New York, has successfully defended an opposition filed with the European Patent Office by Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc.
Carlyle defended slavery on the grounds that blacks weren't fully human and that slavery could make them more so.
The Georgetown group that defended soft drinks and sugar has a "partnership" with the Grocery Manufacturers of America and has received grants from the Sugar Association.
The Service's position regarding an issue should be defended and argued by the examiner who developed and is responsible for the issue in the first place.
Humanist Manifesto II was unique in that it defended human rights on a global scale, arguing, for example, for the right to travel beyond national frontiers at a time when people behind the Iron Curtain were prohibited from doing so.
Speaking to Morton Mintz, who first reported the tobacco-ACLI link in 1993, Ira Glasser defended having accepted the money.
A "must-read" for general counsel, in-house attorneys, major corporate executives, and trial lawyers, this book is based on real-life cases and trials where punitive damages have been successfully defended.