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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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While some of this funding was restored in this year's legislative session, Abbott is expected to continue defending the state against the lawsuit.
Summit is the four-time defending state champion in the 5A girls race at 1:15 p.
Johnson says he wouldn't have carved out a career in the Premier League and international football if his defending was as dodgy as some say.
Reacting to the criticism, Kazmi said that his detractors were criticizing him for defending Qasab.
Conservative target seats Erdington (Lab defending, Con maj 887 in 2007) Longbridge (Lab defending, Con maj 421 in 2007) Quinton (Lab defending, Con maj 380 in 2007) Oscott (Lab defending, Lab maj 675 in 2007) Stockland Green (Lab defending, Lab maj 924 in 2007)
Whenever the opposing team gains possession of the ball, the defending team should push up to keep all of the opponents in their half of the field.
None of the writers Abramsky mentions are defending Al Qaeda.
Boss Moore said: "I can't believe after all the work we've done on defending set-pieces, we've conceded two from free-kicks and one from a throw-in.
A new study of heat balling has described a margin of safety for the defending bees, says Tan Ken of Yunnan Agricultural University in Kunming, China.
Obviously, there are occasions when defending our nation will require the focused delivery of lethal violence against our enemies.
Six years later, Pryor is still the state's attorney general and still defending Moore, whose case is now in the federal courts.
Defending Literature in Early Modern England: Renaissance Literary Theory in Social Context.
A half century ago, these critics were defending language itself, the value of universals, of moral discernment, of authorial intention.
THE way Gerard Houllier has Michael Owen and every other player in the side defending is simply ruining Liverpool's game.