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fend against (something)

To guard against or ward something off. That's why you get an alarm system—to fend against burglars.
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fend and prove

dated To argue and defend a point or opinion. I was forced to fend and prove my stance before the tribunal.
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fend away

To turn away or deny; to keep something at bay; to fight or ward off. The governor fended away questions about his role in the money laundering scandal. I fended away the blows of my attackers.
See also: away, fend

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 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

fend for oneself Go to shift for

oneself.
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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.
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shift for oneself

 and fend for oneself
to get along by oneself; to support oneself. I'm sorry, I can't pay your rent anymore. You'll just have to shift for yourself. When I became twenty years old, I left home and began to fend for myself.
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shift for oneself

Also, fend for oneself. Provide for one's own needs, as in Don't worry about Anne; she's very good at shifting for herself, or The children had to fend for themselves after school. The first term, using shift in the now obsolete sense of "manage," was first recorded about 1513; the variant, using fend for in the sense of "look after," was first recorded in 1629.
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fend against

v.
To protect from something: We wear heavy parkas to fend against the cold wind.
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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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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
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Oakes' sending-off also promised to bea turningpointbut,withBaudetandKelvin Wilson superb at the heart of their defence, County fended off the aerial bombardment and 'keeper Saul Deeney was only twice extended in the final half hour.
Last year, Dime Bancorp of New York successfully fended off a hostile bid from smaller North Fork Bancorp., but had to work hard to do so.
Syria's National Defense Forces (NDF), deployed in the besieged towns of Fua'a and Kafraya, engaged in tough battle with the terrorists in the afternoon, the second such battle today after the morning raid by the militants was fended off by the NDF.
The popular forces managed to inflict major losses on Tahrir al-Sham terrorists and fended off their attack.
The women getting a partial dose fended off infections while they used the vaccine suppositories, but this protection faded when they switched to the placebos.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Syria's National Defense Forces (NDF), deployed in the towns of Fua'a and Kafraya, North-East of Idlib city, fended off a heavy offensive by Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in several flanks on Sunday, inflicting major losses on the militants.
In similar development in mid-May, the NDF, deployed the towns of Fua'a and Kafraya, North-East of Idlib province, fended off a heavy offensive by the terrorists, inflicting major losses on the militants.
One of the two sham-boosted monkeys again fended off SIV infection, as did two of the three monkeys receiving the real booster.
The monkeys injected only with human cells fended off SIV infection because the cells caused them to make large amounts of antibodies that could also attack HIV, he speculates.
The Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi said that Hashd al-Shaabi fighters, supported by the Iraqi fighter jets, fended off ISIL's offensive on pro-government forces' positions in Tal Safouk region near the border with Syria.
The Hashd al-Shaabi fended off the ISIL's offensives, killing a number of them and destroying four of their vehicles.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops fended off the offensive of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Southwestern Sweida, forcing them to retreat from the battlefield under heavy fire, military sources said on Friday.
The Syrian Army troops fended off ISIL's assaults near Tal al-Buthaina, which ended in the killing or wounding of several terrorist, and caused the remaining pockets of them to retreat from the battlefield without any gain.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army announced on Sunday that its troops and their popular allies have fended off another large-scale offensive of the militant groups in the mountainous regions of the coastal province of Lattakia, killed many of the terrorists and forced them to retreat from the battlefront.