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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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Today it operates in 50 states and 28 countries and receives $400 million from individuals, foundations and corporations to underwrite its mission to preserve habitats through land acquisition.
The Chapleau Crown Game Preserve offers a haven for wildlife observers, he adds.
"We are grateful to the Friends for its efforts to help raise funds in support of the forest preserve district's mission to restore habitats and sustain wildlife while providing programs to connect people to nature," forest preserve commission President Dan Hebreard said.
Her passion for gardening, particularly growing fruit and vegetables, developed into a love of preserve making, as without electricity she had no way of freezing her precious bounty to stop it going to waste.
There's been so many coconut products, sugars, vinegars and waters on the market, but there wasn't a lot of selection in preserves, jams and spreads," she says.
A safe bet would be to preserve all documents likely to support your opponent's claims and defenses as well as your own claims and defenses.
I have no proof of this but I also think that having more than one fruit acid helps the preserves to gel."
For more information about the Greenville Cypress Preserve, located off Highway 82, call 662.332.5365.
Color Preserve Condition is a vitamin-enriched conditioner that provides moisture and nourishment to color-treated hair and also contains Solar-Seal 3.
"We are committed to creating innovative financing methods to build and preserve affordable apartments in New York City.
In 1995, Magdalena Bermejo of the University of Barcelona and other researchers began monitoring gorilla groups in a game preserve just south of the Congo's Odzala National Park.
Las Vegas may be known for its bright lights and glitzy night life but a new "green" attraction will soon take center stage: the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a $250 million collection of green museums, botanical gardens, galleries, trails and concert venues -- all of which are made of straw-bale and other eco-friendly building products.
The the town of Flower Mound, northwest of Dallas, Texas, has designated two conservation developments, residential projects that cluster dwelling units on smaller lots than are currently zoned to protect and preserve open space.
170(h)'s historic preservation requirement, because it did not preserve a historic structure or historically important land area.
The Schenck family purchased the thirty-four hundred acres, now called The Green River Preserve, in the early 1950s as a place to spend weekends and summers fishing, hiking, and exploring the Green River Valley.