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.
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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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"It was sometimes difficult for us to get the food we wanted on this trip as we were fending for ourselves a lot.
"Theresa May must realise quickly that we are better off standing against Trump's tariffs together with our allies in the European Union rather than fending for ourselves from a lonely corner of the Atlantic."
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!
"We were just fending for ourselves. We had to make sure we had something to eat and money to buy our own clothes.
In between fending for ourselves, we would stop only to Tweet or bleat that the government should be doing more - although on exactly what we would be hazy - and perhaps fill out a claim for compensation.
And an idea that was about "helping ourselves" has become in the eyes of many "fending for ourselves".
Every one of those leaders taught the rest of us so much about fending for ourselves, and I'm sure we all benefited from their example.
"Contrary to some GCC countries, which granted private universities up to BD17 million in aid, our ministry has once again left us fending for ourselves."
"Heaven help her - heaven help all of us - if we are struck down by a Survivors-style pandemic where we lose electricity and water and have to start fending for ourselves.
It's day three of father and son fending for ourselves while Julie tends a poorly relative.
Remember that a great many of us grew up fending for ourselves in day care or as latchkey kids.
We all need money - but patronising handouts like family and winter fuel allowance, Christmas bonus, free TV licence and bus passes are an insult by implying that we are incapable of fending for ourselves. There are a few unfortunate people the state must help - but the judge who compared this country to a "banana republic" could have equally compared us to the bewildered citizens of most Eastern European countries of 40 years ago or Oliver Twist's "Please, sir, I want some more".
Rupert said: "This one was a lot tougher because we were out there fending for ourselves, and there's a lot of fighting.