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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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In 1923, the Chicago Defender introduced the Bud Billiken Page, the first newspaper section just for children.
Performance is significantly improved and requires engineering upgrades to the rest of the Defender.
Eight standard body colours include two satin finishes, contrasting with a Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille, finished with machined aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering.
The last time Land Rover produced a V8 Defender was in 1998 when a 4.
0-litre naturally aspirated 2018 Defender Works V8 is the first official V8-powered Land Rover Defender to be introduced since 1998, when a 4.
However, although Defender production ceased the model did live on through the Land Rover Reborn project.
Mohammad Ibrar travelled past three defenders and when he reached to the danger zone he was wrongly intercepted by deep defenders of
Pangaea Services, Inc is an emerging innovator and maker of The Defender, the first smart personal protection system.
Mark Cameron, of Land Rover, said: "The Defender is an expression of what Land Rover has stood for for more than 60 years.
Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport include a variety of capability technologies including a Terrain-i scanning device to warn of obstacles when off-road, Wade Aid sonar technology to assess water depth and Land Rover Terrain Response System, which automatically optimises the car for any environment.
Findings showed that in 2007, 964 public defender offices across the nation received nearly 6 million indigent defense cases.
Defenders off the ball must be alert especially when teams combine or flick the ball on--it is the defender off the ball that has the toughest role.
When he retires, a decade or so from now, Onyewu -- the son of Nigerian immigrants -- likely will be lauded as the greatest defender in U.
Many states charge those seeking a public defender an evaluation fee ranging from $10 to $100.
Abbott's columns in the Chicago Defender during the riot era and Carl Sandburg's pamphlet The Chicago Race Riots, July, 1919 reflect differing versions of the same defining cultural moment.