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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References in classic literature ?
Ah, but they must turn out and fend for themselves," said Mr.
With the Supreme Court's decision affirming the proclamation of martial law, people would have to fend for themselves in guarding against abuses and excesses of governmental power, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) said on Tuesday.
Sarah Fleck TOP TREND: A new report has shown that hundreds of homeless North East teenagers are forced to simply fend for themselves.
When they have true leaves, prick out individually and plant when they can fend for themselves.
Cats that are put out to roam and breed free and visit other people's gardens to use as toilets at all hours and are left to fend for themselves.
Apparently Kim Kardashian is furious that Kanye West is planning to launch a world tour following the release of his album on June 18, leaving her and their baby to fend for themselves in July like a struggling single mother and child from a Sapphire novel.
Vito and his son Michael are drawn into a life of crime and violence as they fend for themselves in 1950s Nevada.
They were being housed in schools in the capital Algiers but sources said they were being left to fend for themselves.
NINE birds of prey which were struggling to survive after being bred as pets then left to fend for themselves have been rescued by an animal charity in Cheshire.
And when those children become adults, they're often left to fend for themselves.
But what welfare workers are dreading right now is the usual post-Christmas rush of abandoned puppies and kittens - unwanted gifts thrown out into the cold to fend for themselves.
No-one wants a 'dog eat dog' society in which people feel obliged simply to fend for themselves.
THE elderly and infirm could be left to fend for themselves as North East councils consider reducing care services.
STUDENTS having to fend for themselves in the kitchen for the first time will be helped by First Degree Cooking, which includes a free book, website and mobile phone app launched by Welsh red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).
I think the moral is: - (1) if you treat people as idiots they eventually forget how to fend for themselves (the nanny state syndrome A); (2) as the nationalised Health & Safety has discouraged us from using our "commonsense" we no longer consider our safety our responsibility (the nanny state syndrome B).