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protect against (someone or something)

1. To guard, defend, or inoculate against someone or something. This vaccine protects against the flu for the entire winter. We need to invest in top-of-the-line security software to protect against cyber attacks. The walls of the encampment were fortified and lined with spears to protect against invaders.
2. To guard, defend, or inoculate someone, something, or oneself against someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "protect" and "against." I know you want to protect your kids against injury, but you can't keep them cut off from the real world either. Tourists are being advised to protect themselves against pickpockets in the city center.
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Heaven protects children(, sailors,) and drunken men.

Prov. Children(, sailors,) and drunk(ard)s often escape being injured in dangerous situations. (Often used to express amazement that a child, sailor, or drunk person has escaped injury.) Jill: Did you hear? A little girl fell out of a second-floor window in our apartment building. Jane: Was she killed? Jill: She wasn't even hurt. Jane: Heaven protects children, sailors, and drunken men. Mike was so drunk he shouldn't even have been conscious, but he managed to drive home without hurting himself or anyone else; heaven protects children and drunkards.

protect someone or something against someone or something

 and protect someone or something from someone or something
to shield or preserve someone or something against someone or something. Please come along and protect us against muggers as we walk home. What will protect my car against thieves?
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Though only 45 words long, the First Amendment broadly protects religious liberty, free speech, a free press, and the right to hold protests and complain to the government.
If done properly, the foreign trust remains an expensive but good way to protect your assets.
Since AFCEE now has responsibility for protecting data at its regional environmental offices in Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco, Miles is now using the Televaulting software to protect those remote assets as well.
But do you ask if that same software protects that information?
Hoult case of 2004 that the anti-alienation provisions of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code don't protect pension benefits that already have been removed from retirement plans and distributed to plan participants or beneficiaries.
Political risk insurance can be tailored to cover many different risks (see "Political Risk Insurance Defined," page 56), but can be boiled down into two basic types: confiscation coverage, which protects an insured in case a foreign country confiscates its goods of equipment, and contract frustration coverage, which protects an insured in case a foreign government refuses to pay a contract or interferes with a contract's being completed.
The group also worked with city fathers to identify and protect "heritage trees," those that reflect the values, heritage, traditions, and culture of any given community.
Protects against: diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus.
Through content scanning, the software protects against Internet-borne viruses and malicious code found in email, Internet downloads and ActiveX, Java and Java Script Applets, and viruses such as the recently discovered BubbleBoy.
Last year, lawmakers introduced seven bills that would protect people with genetic risk factors from discrimination in employment or insurance coverage or both.
However, there are rules of privilege that will protect other classes of documents, such as most peer review records, once a proper basis is established for the claim of privilege.
So, the question becomes "How can I effectively and affordably protect Exchange?
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