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guard against (someone or something)

To make an effort to prevent or avoid someone or something. We're building a fence to try to guard against animals eating the vegetables in our garden.
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guard against someone or something

to take care to avoid someone or something. Try to guard against getting a cold. You should guard against pickpockets.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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'The Senate reached this decision to guard against the breakdown of law and order by students as meeting with stakeholders over the matter is ongoing.
Mr Paledi emphasised the need for congregants to be extra cautious and guard against being used to clean dirty money.
The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Industry Partnership has recommended a set of best practices for financial institutions to guard against trade-based money laundering and the misuse of company structures for illicit purposes.
If our thoughts can be purloined and used to influence us into doing something we otherwise might not, we need to guard against it, individually and collectively - and fast!
To guard against any repeat, the champions have adopted a military strategy involving putting their own tactics to the test with bi-weekly 'what-if' meetings.
Retailer Meijer stated on Thursday that its pharmacies across the Midwest are holding Back to School Immunization Events this weekend to help families guard against the flu before classes start.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg said in a forum on Wednesday that they are on guard against groups that have claimed links with the ISIS.
India will need to be careful not to allow them too much possession and guard against conceding soft penalty corners.
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He urged business owners to follow a number of safety measures to guard against crime.
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As we approach the long summer holidays, and older teenagers freed from the constraints of school life feel compelled to let their hair down, it is worth re-emphasising the "safety first" approach necessary to guard against the hazards that might be lurking out there.