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fend off

1. To fight off someone or something that is advancing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." What is the best way to fend off an attacker? Her bodyguards tried to fend off all the photographers, but there were too many.
2. To try to prevent something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." Getting a flu shot will help you to fend off future illness.
See also: fend, off

fend someone or something off

to hold someone or something off; to fight someone or something off. We knew we could fend them off only a little while longer. They could not fend off the attackers.
See also: fend, off

fend off

v.
1. To try to prevent something; avert something: To fend off cavities, brush your teeth regularly.
2. To turn something aside; repel something: The troops fended the enemy off. My neighbor fended off the reporters who blocked her driveway.
See also: fend, off
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She immediately knew there was a problem because the llamas were standing in a tight circle, something they only do when fending off predators.
At times Dole's campaign was so busy fending off the rumors and explaining their position that they were neglecting their message, " says Bond, who is now executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which works to elect openly gay candidates.
SimCity 2000 challenges players to design, build, and manage the city of their dreams while fending off potential fires, floods, and financial catastrophes.
But once they turn 5, they more or less give their lives over to continuing the species, which means 70-mile treks to breeding grounds, finding a mate, laying the egg, somehow keeping it warm against the brutal conditions, marching back to an ice break to get food, hiking back to the breeding grounds to feed the little ones, and fending off predators and the elements in the process.
Greg's struggles are contrasted with the love affair Edward, the original heir to the estate, a soldier in WW I, engages in with a fellow soldier while fending off the expectations of his family and society.
For the next 100,000 years, Stone Age folk who frequented the Middle Eastern site used hearths for what must have been a variety of purposes, including staying warm, fending off predators, and cooking meat, according to archaeologist Naama Goren-Inbar of Hebrew University in Jerusalem and her colleagues.
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Picard and Guinan work together to discover the truth behind the stolen information while fending off a group of Cardassians led by the future leader of the Obsidian Order.
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Most coexist with us and are beneficial in fending off disease or aiding our digestive process.
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GLENDALE - Mayor Rafi Manoukian and City Councilman Gus Gomez grabbed easy re-election victories Tuesday night, fending off five challengers in a strong showing for incumbents.
She retreats into herself, exploring the concept of lucid dreaming and fending off the friendly overtures of Ariel, a weird classmate and new co-worker.
The Seabees are dedicated workers, completing massive construction projects at a phenomenal pace, often in harm's way, sometimes directly under fire, fending off enemy forces.
Researchers already have found evidence in ocean settings that dinoflagellates--a class of single-celled, photosynthesizing algae--produce toxins that they use for fending off predators.