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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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.
He was far too young and small to fend for himself.
After the death of his mother, Jason is left alone to fend for himself in a world that labeled him "a menace to society." But a chance meeting with Chinaka, a former Black Panther and the only "true" friend that Peaches ever had, shows him that "limitation's can only exist if they are self inflicted" and there is more to life than pimpin'.
But then he knows what it's like when you're alone in the big bad world, having been left to fend for himself from a very early age.
Wildlife assistant Jaclyn Wilson said: "Little Basil would undoubtedly have died if we had not adopted him because he was far too young and small to fend for himself. There is no way he would survive in the wild."