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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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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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Last year, Dime Bancorp of New York successfully fended off a hostile bid from smaller North Fork Bancorp.
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.
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 terrorist groups attacked the government forces' fortified positions near Burj al-Qassab village for the second time, but the Syrian soldiers and the National Defense Forces (NDF) fended off their infiltration attempts," the army said.
Schulman said that $2 million in tobacco settlement money that supervisors allocated to mental health services this week fended off any immediate need to cut services.
In the March 2000 election, Rogers fended off two challengers and was re-elected to a second six-year term on the bench.
Fending off a possible upset, fifth-seeded Gustavo Kuerten fended off two set points in a second-set tiebreaker to beat USC product George Bastl 7-5, 7-6 (9-7).
In March 2000, she fended off two challengers and was re-elected to a second six-year term.
The auction notice came just days after the company fended off a seizure notice from Kern County for failing to pay its property tax on time.
The project's original developer, Ritter Ranch Associates, was able to get the project approved by the city and fended off lawsuits from Leona Valley residents who feared the project would destroy their rural lifestyle.
The project's original developers - a company formed by Lorimar Telepictures executives Irwin Molasky and Merv Adelson - were able to get the project approved by the city and fended off lawsuits from Leona Valley residents who feared the project would destroy their rural lifestyle.
Others honored Tuesday at the Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge were Alex Torres, a Canoga Park teen who fended off an attack on a Lanark Park program director inside her car; Giorgio Enjaian and Zara Sultanian, who chased and detained suspects in an apartment robbery in Glendale until police arrived, and Vladislav Kasurkin, who thwarted an attack on a Van Nuys restaurant owner by pushing the attacker away from the victim.
Protecting 250 people playing bingo at a Reseda hall, two guards fended off armed robbers by firing shots, police said Tuesday.
Medina, a former San Francisco supervisor, fended off car-pool lane complaints by noting that the federal government requires them on new highways, agreeing that more uniformity was needed on car-pool occupancy and lane hours.
Donald Thomas, 21, a former Oxnard resident who now lives in Washington, fended off questions by defense attorneys who maintain that he killed Ruth Avril, then ransacked her Oxnard apartment Dec.