leap to (one's) defense

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leap to (one's) defense

To begin defending one very quickly or abruptly. I appreciate the thought, but I don't need you leaping to my defense every time someone starts arguing with me. Thankfully, a group of people in the bar leaped to her defense when the man started assaulting her. The boss singled out Jonathan when he started criticizing the progress of the project, so I leaped to his defense.
See also: defense, leap
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No doubt there will be some who will leap to their defence quoting human rights and the right of freedom of movement within the European market, for me I wonder how much decent people are expected to put up with.
HAVING defended the little Haymarket figures (I refuse to use the 'L' word) against the hammer-wielding threats of Lib Dem Councillor Greg Stone I now feel obliged to again leap to their defence in the light of the debate about the plans for their future.