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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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concluded that deliveries into the state by a company using its own vehicles is also a protected activity; see.
Supreme Court ruling that has protected retirement plan assets for the past 12 years is Patterson v.
Now, Ontario's network of protected areas has grown to over 316 provincial parks, 249 conservation reserves and 10 "wilderness areas.
Protected areas struggled to keep their experienced staff and safeguard their territories from poachers and economic exploitation.
The risk manager's decisionmaking function satisfied the court that her communications with counsel deserved to be protected by the privilege, as long as confidentiality was maintained and the privilege was not waived.
Although the Forest Service and Wilderness Society acreages differ, the estimates of the percentage of old-growth currently protected is quite similar.
Power LogOn's smartcard is protected from viruses, worms and Trojan Horses attacks.
No-take zones protect nursery areas and critical habitat from harvesting so species can increase, swim out of the protected area and replenish fishing grounds, Helms explained.
Frederick provided many of the records summoned; however, he refused to turn over all the summoned documents, asserting that some of the materials were protected by the attorney-client privilege or the work-product doctrine.
It will be protected from accidental damage by novice users and from access by intruders, because they will not know where to find it unless an authorized person tells them.
SMBs must ensure that their Exchange Server data is protected and that the server can be restored to full function quickly and easily in the event of an emergency.
Communications protected by the attorney-client privilege must be based on facts of which the attorney is informed by the taxpayer, for the purpose of securing the attorney's professional advice in confidence.
Protected Harvest Moves Forward with Several New Certification Projects Throughout the U.
It can often be difficult to complete backups in the time allotted, depending on the amount of data that needs to be protected, the media that will be used to hold the backups, and the network topology.
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