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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.
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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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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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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.
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Further tests on mice receiving HDP-CDV orally once or twice a day over 5 days show that the animals fended off cowpox, a dose relative of smallpox, reports John W.
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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.
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Rats and mice given any of four glutamate-receptor inhibitors, including NBQX, fended off the condition that mimics multiple sclerosis markedly better than untreated animals did, says Lechoslaw Turski, a pharmacologist at Solvay Pharmaceuticals in Weesp, the Netherlands, and a study coauthor.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops fended off terrorists' heavy offensive in Northern Lattakia on Saturday, killing or wounding a number of them.
One of the two sham-boosted monkeys again fended off SIV infection, as did two of the three monkeys receiving the real booster.