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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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In addition to protecting assets, personal trusts can deal effectively with the situation of children from different marriages.
In addition to protecting the oil of the Gulf, Centcom forces have also assumed responsibility for the protection of energy supplies in Central Asia and the Caspian region.
After an Executive Summary, an explanation of the context for the Panel, and a discussion of basic concepts in protecting human subjects, the book presents a history of regulatory activity spanning 1945 to the present.
His crime should be atoned for publicly to demonstrate to the faithful that the Church is protecting the defenceless.
(29.) Cheung O, Clements B and Pechman E, Protecting the Privacy of Student Records: Guidelines for Education Agencies, National Center for Education Statistics, 1997, <>, accessed May 12, 2003.
"Most important from our point of view is the fact that they'll be protecting big trees and in turn, protecting local water quality," Brash says.
"In the five years since [cyber] insurance has emerged, there has been a more traditional [insurance-based] risk management appreciation and approach to protecting information and helping customers eliminate risks," Greisiger says.
At the time, I did not know that the subjects emphasized by the traditional spiritual leaders there would command my attention over the decades--achieving religious freedom, gaining respect in popular culture, protecting our sacred places, and freeing our dead people and living sacred beings from museums.
For administrators the question should not be, 'gee we protecting students using the Internet in school?" The question should be, "Are we providing our students with the knowledge, skills and motivation to use the Internet in a safe and responsible manner, regardless of where they have access?"
Protecting Your Child In an X-Rated World, by Frank York and Jan LaRue (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers), 307 pages, paperback, $12.99.
Protecting Your Life is interesting and informative to readers.
The accord supports an unprecedented expansion of parks and protected areas, encompassing 12 per cent of the 39 million hectares of public lands and waters covered in Ontario's Living Legacy planning area, while at the same time protecting the long-term supply of wood fibre for northern mills.
Also, enhancing World Bank resources for strengthening legal infrastructures would be a good investment for both speeding development and protecting workers in industrialized countries from unfair competition.
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