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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
I've been used to fending for myself in the house--I can learn, I can learn.
This brought joy to my mother and I also derived joy in fending for myself and reducing the financial burden on my parents.
I'm used to fending for myself and making things that shouldn't work, well, work.
These battles with the outside world always seem to happen when left fending for myself - like getting into long and awkward conversations with neighbours.
The move also provides a bit of life experience, because it involves staying away from home and fending for myself, and that should be good for me.
I have lived away from home since I was 16 and signed for Walsall, so I am used to fending for myself.
I enjoy the travelling and don't mind living out of a suitcase and fending for myself - because tennis is all I've ever wanted to do.
I was little more than a wild animal, used to fending for myself, and the orphanage was a very frightening place for me.
Nor - unless someone knows something I don't - does my engagement diary include a spell fending for myself in the high Arctic or the Sahara Desert.
I am fending for myself more but I am really bad with the boys situation.
I have no confidence in the NHS and am better left fending for myself.
I was in the Maze when one night I was told I was getting out and the next morning I'm out on the street fending for myself.