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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 for

v.
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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MaryJake thinks she's going with her family but instead is dropped off at the edge of a forest and told to go on into town and fend for herself as best she can.
If in 1945 we had left Germany to fend for themselves, the Soviets would have devoured them into their communist bloc.
While Hannah waits in Budapest, Malka is shipped back to Poland to fend for herself in the ghetto for the next seven months.
One of her cousins, Nicole, has run away to Germany in order to save herself but feels bad about leaving Holly and her sister Amanda to fend for themselves.
By denying the Valley a chance to vote on the future of the LAUSD, the state Board of Education has given residents the same old ultimatum: Accept subpar education, or go fend for yourself.
Rose and her 12-year-old sister Maureen are left to fend for themselves on the streets of New York City.
The juvenile birds will be fed animal carcasses until they learn to fend for themselves and will be monitored through transmitters mounted on their backs.
Anyway, the story proper commences when Sidney (``Party of Five's'' Neve Campbell, an unexpectedly fine young actress) is likewise left to fend for herself when her widowed dad takes a business trip.