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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However, the ground reality is that seven decades down the line, the last man in line, along with most others, is left to fend for oneself. The rulers' priority is no more the common man, but the rich and those who form their vote bank.
Very early on, young Billy Hughes began to see that to fend for oneself was a--if not the--supreme end in itself.
The new handbook retains the traditional focus on the outdoors, with much of the same information on how to camp, hike, fish, sail, and fend for oneself in the wilderness.
One has to fend for oneself. I often wonder how we put the teaching of loving kindness and compassion into practice.