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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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While Hannah waits in Budapest, Malka is shipped back to Poland to fend for herself in the ghetto for the next seven months.
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Rose and her 12-year-old sister Maureen are left to fend for themselves on the streets of New York City.