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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It is refreshing to hear Trilling say that his first concern was to discover "the animus of the author, the objects of his will, the things he wants or wants to have happen." It is encouraging to hear Tate defend poetry as a way of knowing, and words as a necessary completion of human experience.
What Epstein and Berzon do agree on about their heated conversation, however, is this: Epstein defended conversion therapy as a legitimate means to help people who are unhappy being homosexual.
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This context allows Miller to counter the largely pious and sentimental readings of Jonson's celebrated poem, "On My First Sonne," by laying bare its narcissism, showing that the death of his son constitutes Jonson's own symbolic identity, and that the poem enables him to take possession of his son's death in order to defend against his own.
The Africa that Cheri Samba defends in this triptych is the same one as in the "Ekomi popular painting." It is an Africa beyond nation-states, but also a stereotypical and romantic Africa, lacking boundaries and lacking history.
The secret to this dynamic approach is to focus on the act of reading, not on the relationship between you and your writer, which can become adversarial, nor on the document, which the writer naturally defends. You become the symbolic reader, or the attorney, for the defense of readers.
But our lawyers are ethical guys who believe that the laws should be changed even though they are profiting from the law.' A lawyer is "sleazy,' then, when he defends wicked mobsters for the money but "ethical' when he does the same thing not just for money, but the principle too.
"I [have] had to debate with him in different media (including French CBC radio and television) on same-sex 'marriage,' abortion and The Da Vinci Code, which he defends. How can a priest defend such anti-Christian views as the right to choose an abortion and same-sex 'marriage?'
'It cannot be that only one person defends people who are accused of corruption,' Junet said.