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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2004/12) Wild Bill Film4, 9pm The titular ex-con (Charlie Creed-Miles) returns home to find his two young sons have been abandoned by their mother and are fending for themselves.
SPENDING cuts could leave almost half a million of England's most vulnerable people fending for themselves, it was claimed.
Nonetheless, what was truly of interest about this exhibition in Barcelona, "The Poor People Are Fending for Themselves," was the opportunity it offered to understand the specificity and range of Grigorescu's current work.
Jose and Ray are only fifteen and fourteen respectively but are on the streets of New York fending for themselves.
The new series is being made by Ricochet for the BBC and they want to find a family who have had enough of the pressures of living in modern Britain and fancy fending for themselves on a desert island.
XL tour operators has been declared bankrupt, leaving thousands of holidaymakers fending for themselves.
After watching them hatch and growand start fending for themselves for the last fewmonths, they were found dead in the dock about a week ago.
Annie visited a family of brothers who were surviving without their mum, dad or Nintendo Wii and told us: "It is heartbreaking when you see these children fending for themselves.
These deaths leave thousands of orphaned children in the care of impoverished grandmothers, orphanages, or fending for themselves on the streets.
Officers who called at their home discovered their seven-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son were fending for themselves in Shortstown, Beds.
But they had been fending for themselves since last Monday.
Social services were only called when neighbours in Shortstown, Bedfordshire, realised the children had been fending for themselves for several days.
ACCREDITED sports dietician Chris Cashin says she was taken aback to hear the Welsh squad were fending for themselves in Australia while the English benefited from the advice of a team nutritionist.
Coastal warden Arthur Cranston said babies were fed by their mothers for only three weeks before fending for themselves and often ended up on beaches weak and hungry.
The vast majority of teachers who are either young, innovative or more concerned with educating children than playing union politics are left fending for themselves.