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preserve (someone or something) against (something)

To keep someone or something safe or protected from something. Many of these chemicals used to preserve our foods against decay have deleterious effects on our health. Parents are all so preoccupied with preserving their children against danger that they end up sheltering them from many of the things that make childhoods memorable.
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preserve (someone or something) from (something)

To keep someone or something safe or protected from something. Many of these chemicals used to preserve our foods from decay have deleterious effects on our health. Parents are all so preoccupied with preserving their children from danger that they end up sheltering them from many of the things that make childhoods memorable.
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preserve (something) for (someone or something)

To keep something in an intact, unaltered, or protected condition for some future person or need. I want to preserve this specimen for inspection at our labs. He has done everything in his power to preserve this vast estate for his children and his children's children. I want to preserve this dress for my daughter so she can wear it on her wedding day.
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preserved

dated slang Drunk. Based on the use of alcohol in preserving meat and vegetables. A: "Where's Bill?" B: "Oh, he spends most days getting preserved in the bar down the street." I was pretty preserved after all those shots they kept buying me last night.
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well preserved

1. Literally, having been kept from decaying over a long period of time. The ancient body found in the cave was miraculously well preserved. Researchers have indicated that any well preserved DNA of ancient animals could be used to bring them back to life through cloning techniques.
2. Not showing the usual effects of one's age. I must figure out his secret because, for a 70-year-old, he's remarkably well preserved.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

preserve someone or something against something

to guard or protect someone or something against something. (Stilted or old-fashioned in reference to people.) I hope that the vaccine will preserve us against influenza. There is nothing in the jam to preserve it against spoilage.
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preserve someone or something from someone or something

to protect or guard someone or something from someone or something. Please help preserve our people from the attacks of our enemies. Is there any way to preserve my skin against the harmful rays of the sun?
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preserve something for someone or something

to save, maintain, or protect something for someone or some thing. Try to preserve some of these memories for your grandchildren. We learned how to preserve leaves for future reference.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

well preserved

Aging gracefully, still in good condition, as in I can't believe she's 65; she's certainly well preserved. [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

preserved

mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also pickled.) He drank a quart of vodka and is totally preserved.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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* For women under age 35 without preservable embryos, usually no more than three quality embryos should be transferred.
The committee recently affirmed the important role of the archive institution in advising the creating agency about how to ensure that the records it created would remain authentic, reliable, and preservable over time.
For an excellent overview of an almost complete inventory of preservable Abelam artifacts, see Koch 1968; representative parts of the Basel Abelam collection are published in Hauser-Schaublin 1989.
Further, virtually all species with preservable hardparts tend to be present in local fossil assemblages, commonly in correct rank abundances, although the smaller body sizes are underrepresented.
it can be seen as a violent force, ripping through individuals as well as cultures, in order to create units of preservable information."
If agency is conceptualized internally then freedom or autonomy seems more easily preservable, but such internalism has also led to rather vitriolic forms of racial essentialism.
Tell Miss Ward I shall try to put my microscope to a good use, and if I find any new and preservable flower, will throw it into my commonplace book.
South (1981), for example, notes that, "The process of strategic management is coming to be defined, in fact, as the management of competitive advantage--that is, as a process of identifying, developing, and taking advantage of enclaves in which a tangible and preservable business advantage can be achieved."
If it does, application of the delta can be delayed past the preservable transformation.
Exempted from depreciation recognition are works of art or historical treasures whose lives are long, if the asset is preservable and the owner has the capability of preserving the asset.
(2, 18) An accessory spleen may be of clinical importance as a source of ''preservable'' splenic tissue in cases of a ruptured primary spleen.
In both cases, these activities are performed in a duplication process that succeeds when a preservable copy of the original is produced--confusing to the book conservator, whose application of these terms in book preservation represents treatment procedures meant to restore an item to its original state, rather than produce a copy.