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.
See also: fend, for
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It's a sore thing to do between such near friends; but if I get the dirdum[23] of this dreadful accident, I'll have to fend for myself, man.
"My daughter shouted, 'They're going to kill Daddy' as I was covered in blood, but the worst thing was that nobody budged, nobody came to my aid; I was left to fend for myself. If I had fallen on the [ground], I think they would have finished me off."
I know I can still work and fend for myself. I can look after cats and dogs as I am very good with them.
read it I'M not sure I would survive if I had to fend for myself in the wilderness.
"Michelle was offered a place in a homeless hostel but because I was not a drunk, a druggie or gay, I was told to go and fend for myself.
I didn't have my brothers to help me out anymore, so I had to grow up fast and fend for myself.
"I feel almost grown up now that I have to fend for myself.
When I cast my vote, its in the expectation that my MP will represent my interests at Westminster, not that he or she will take the money and run, leaving me to fend for myself. ALAN DIXON, Newcastle
"I now have to fend for myself with no financial help for my treatment."
"Apart from being a great cricket education, it was my first time away from home - and I had to grow up and learn to fend for myself.
I received little assistance from my school (Melbourne High) and had to fend for myself in terms of career development, as most young people did in the 1970s before the advent of careers advisers in schools.
Here I was told to fend for myself as we were invited to another house for turkey dinner later.
For three years I had to fend for myself as a private consultant and then in February 2000, I got the position of Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.
However, like many other teachers, I was left to fend for myself; the culture of my school did not support interaction and collaboration among teachers.