fend off

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fend off

1. To fight off someone or something that is advancing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." What is the best way to fend off an attacker? Her bodyguards tried to fend off all the photographers, but there were too many.
2. To try to prevent something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." Getting a flu shot will help you to fend off future illness.
See also: fend, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fend someone or something off

to hold someone or something off; to fight someone or something off. We knew we could fend them off only a little while longer. They could not fend off the attackers.
See also: fend, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fend off

v.
1. To try to prevent something; avert something: To fend off cavities, brush your teeth regularly.
2. To turn something aside; repel something: The troops fended the enemy off. My neighbor fended off the reporters who blocked her driveway.
See also: fend, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Victim Carol Tyson thought that her daughter, Michelle Davies, was going to punch her in the stomach, so put her hand out to fend her off.
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She then swung an iron at him, narrowly missing his head but injuring his hand as he tried to fend her off.
McGlone, of Nelson Avenue, Coatbridge, had admitted attacking a staff nurse, who had to fend her off with a Zimmer frame after being followed into a storeroom.
The Prince ducked and tried to fend her off before she was grabbed by police and led away.
The Prince ducked and tried to fend her off, before she was led away by police.
Within seconds she launches a flurry of blows at the 44-year-old rapper who manages to fend her off.
But Sinclair, who was on a cocktail of pills for his depression, insisted he only grabbed a knife to fend her off.
Last night, her ex-husband Alasdair Earle, 28, said he had to fend her off when she tried to patch up their marriage.
Ross, still moping about Donna, weakly tries to fend her off but Chas has ways of wearing down his defences and they end up heading back to his place - together.