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.
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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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At our age, there is nothing much we can do to fend for ourselves.
How can we be the seventh largest producing country in the world and we can't even fend for ourselves but rely on some countries?
In short, we have to fend for ourselves as the Government continues its onslaught on local government.
Growing up without a father to provide for us, we had to early on learn to fend for ourselves and help grow the family business,' Robles said.
But we basically had to fend for ourselves in terms of flights.
Why are the Remain camp continually talking the country down, saying we cannot fend for ourselves outside the EU.
Now there is no one, we have to fend for ourselves.
Working for the road-builders in north-western Zambia (I think the road to Mongu at the edge of the Barotse flood plain), his flying trips would often take him away for a week or so at a time, leaving us to pretty much fend for ourselves.
We have been left to fend for ourselves, said a group of flood victims who have been rendered homeless in the deluge.
None of the government officials have reached us in the last week and we were left to fend for ourselves," Pranab Roy, a villager in Howrah told a local television channel.
The word resume has fireworks coming out of it to help with the pronunciation yet we're left to fend for ourselves with colonel?
In these battles that we are fighting, we feel as if we have been left to fend for ourselves somewhat," said Platini who played for Juventus that day.
Being a large family with two younger ones than me, we had to fend for ourselves.
God, then He has left us to fend for ourselves in this hellhole.
We learned how to fend for ourselves, and how to make a game out of everything.