fend for (oneself)

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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. You're going to have to learn to fend for yourself before you head off to college.
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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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As Charles' girlfriend, she had to completely fend for herself. Everyday mobs of photographers were outside her house photographing her.
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It involved a whole heap of care and attention but miraculously we were able to set Polly free and let her fend for herself.
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