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.
See also: fend, for
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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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'We'll be left to fend for ourselves there,' he said.
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"After dad's burial, a meeting was held so that they can know what will be the way forward but rather the meeting brought darkness in us since the in- laws insisted that we should be taught to fend for ourselves and not continue with our education," Mumbi laments.
She takes care of us when we are vulnerable babies, and unable to fend for ourselves.
LateRooms couldn't find us anything so we were left to fend for ourselves. They did refund the PS55 we'd originally paid but that was no consolation."
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"However, the RBI-MHA directives are to be implemented by the banks which must bear the costs, but they are not willing to discuss the issue, leaving us to fend for ourselves. Accordingly, from January onwards, we shall progressively start shutting down the ATMs," he said.
To fend for ourselves and our families is difficult.
Like the children in the orphanage, we are left to fend for ourselves and this is not even reassuring.
Bringing us closer to our final destination, total darkness also works as a timely reminder about life after death and helps us prepare how to fend for ourselves in a grave without any amenities and luxuries of life.
The council tried to move me two weeks before I gave birth as well - now we're classed as no longer homeless and we've got to fend for ourselves. "We haven't got money to pay for storage and rent would cost us about PS700.
My siblings and I were left to fend for ourselves, but PCHS scooped us up and took care of us until be were strong enough to be on our own, with some help from a forever family!