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
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I've been used to fending for myself in the house--I can learn, I can learn."
I was just a child, fending for myself in an adult world."
class="MsoNormalFAMILY CARE At my age, I should be on my own and fending for myself and even assisting my parents.
I got a package from an older guy and I was selling hand-over-fist on the corner making money for myself, buying clothes for myself, getting my own haircuts, and was fending for myself for the first time in my life.
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 like to cook a bit but nothing fancy.
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 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."