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fend and prove

dated To argue and defend a point or opinion. I was forced to fend and prove my stance before the tribunal.
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fend away

To turn away or deny; to keep something at bay; to fight or ward off. The governor fended away questions about his role in the money laundering scandal. I fended away the blows of my attackers.
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fend for (oneself)

To look after or take care of oneself without assistance from anyone else. Moving to a new country for college really made me learn to fend for myself. I won't be home from work until about 9 o'clock, so you and your sister will have to fend for yourselves for dinner.
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fend off

1. To fight off someone or something that is advancing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." What is the best way to fend off an attacker? Her bodyguards tried to fend off all the photographers, but there were too many.
2. To try to prevent something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." Getting a flu shot will help you to fend off future illness.
See also: fend, off

fend against (something)

To guard against or ward something off. That's why you get an alarm system—to fend against burglars.
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fend for oneself Go to shift for

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fend someone or something off

to hold someone or something off; to fight someone or something off. We knew we could fend them off only a little while longer. They could not fend off the attackers.
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shift for oneself

 and fend for oneself
to get along by oneself; to support oneself. I'm sorry, I can't pay your rent anymore. You'll just have to shift for yourself. When I became twenty years old, I left home and began to fend for myself.
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shift for oneself

Also, fend for oneself. Provide for one's own needs, as in Don't worry about Anne; she's very good at shifting for herself, or The children had to fend for themselves after school. The first term, using shift in the now obsolete sense of "manage," was first recorded about 1513; the variant, using fend for in the sense of "look after," was first recorded in 1629.
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fend against

To protect from something: We wear heavy parkas to fend against the cold wind.
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fend for

To provide for, take care of, or defend someone without assistance: We watched the bear fending for her cubs as the hunters approached. I had to fend for myself when I arrived in Europe alone.
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fend off

1. To try to prevent something; avert something: To fend off cavities, brush your teeth regularly.
2. To turn something aside; repel something: The troops fended the enemy off. My neighbor fended off the reporters who blocked her driveway.
See also: fend, off
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BEIRUT: A top Iranian military officer has said Tehran managed to fend off a campaign by 86 countries to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
They are continuing to describe not only how the microbe synthesizes that reinforced cell wall, but also other ways in which the bacterium fends off drugs.
Now, as privatization draws to a close and deregulation is de rigueur, the region's once protected Spanish subsidiaries are seeking market-share fortresses to fend off international insurgents.
While the LBO's objective was to take the company private, it was not done to fend off an imminent hostile corporate takeover.
The other is aggrieved by the manner in which team Sky strangled the peleton, cosseting the Londoner as they fended off any meaningful attacks - all the while leaving world champion Mark Cavendish to fend for himself.
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The unveiling of the airlines is expected to take place next year and go someway to helping ANA fend off competition from other budget carriers.
He instinctively tried to fend it off, but was struck and suffered a broken right wrist, which is still causing him problems at work.
Since January, we've had to fend off attacks that could cause long-term damage like global warming and unnecessary and damaging oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wild places.
Brian Bond, who worked for the Democratic National Committee during the campaign, says the Dole campaign was forced to fend off repeated press inquiries about the seeming contradiction between employing gay staffers and refusing to accept a donation from Log Cabin Republicans-- a situation the Democrats watched with glee.
Fend knows this and is fond of quoting a remark attributed to Alberti: that an architect's responsibility is to build cities with clean air and clean water.