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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JOE KINNEAR is backing Newcastle skipper Michael Owen to hit the goals trail once again after leaping to his defence.
Leaping to his defence, Pat Morrey, 74, said: "People should lay off him.
Never a Blair fan, I found myself leaping to his defence on the simple ground that this was not fair play.