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. You're going to have to learn to fend for yourself before you head off to college.
See also: fend, for
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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.
See also: fend, for
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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References in classic literature ?
I've been used to fending for myself in the house--I can learn, I can learn."
Why are we creating a human zoo, where every one of us is considered incapable of fending for ourselves, in which we will all end up incapable of fending for ourselves, like those other species who now find themselves in a similar zoo!
TEENAGERS leaving the care of social services in Rugby could be eased into fending for themselves in council-owned housing.