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safeguard against (someone or something)

1. To do what is necessary to ward off someone or something or to ensure that something bad does not happen. These trains have multiple fail-safes built into them to safeguard against derailing or losing control. I'm probably paranoid, but I always lock both the front and rear wheels of my bike to safeguard against theft, even if I'm just going into a store for five minutes.
2. To put protections in place to ward off someone or something from someone or something else or to ensure that something bad does not happen to someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "safeguard" and "against." I know you want to safeguard your kids against any and all pain, but you can't shield them from everything, nor should you. Our security company specializes in safeguarding small businesses against burglars.
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safeguard against someone or something

to protect against someone or something. We will try to safeguard against accidents. How can I safeguard against prowlers?
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safeguard someone or something against someone or something

to protect someone or something against someone or something. We will take action that will safeguard you against a recurrence of the unpleasantness. I will safeguard my family against the prowler.
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In applying the P10 per bag safeguard duty, Lopez rejected the recommendation of the Tariff Commission to place a higher tariff of P12 per bag on cement.
The Tariff Commission earlier recommended the application of a definitive general safeguard measure at PHP297 per MT or PHP12 per 40-kg bag on imported cement to prevent the occurrence of the threat of serious injury
Accordingly, the DTI has reviewed the Commission's findings and recommendations and has established that the imposition of the definitive general safeguard measure shall be in the public interest.
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"Safeguard is excited about this new facility in Chicago.
From introducing their extremely pragmatic idea of Safeguard Army at food festivals and hand wash stations at public events to their socially responsible drives, Safeguard is becoming more and more inclusive of the greater community and we can't appreciate that enough.
The FTA between South Korea and Turkey mandates that if one country initiates safeguards, it must provide an opportunity to discuss compensation measures regarding losses triggered by the additional tariff burden.
Consequently, without a doubt, safeguard is the epitome in the process of petroleum exploration, seismic acquisition and drilling because of environmental challenges faced during oil and gas exploratory process.
The first Mash in Wales was based in Pontypridd to safeguard vulnerable people living in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil.
To create space for its nuclear shenanigans, India concluded a safeguard agreement with IAEA in 2009 as part of Indo-US nuclear agreement, which includes a list of facilities (some of them indigenous) that are subject to continuous (permanent) safeguards.
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Islamabad: A top official of the global nuclear watchdog has visited Pakistan to review the nuclear safeguard measures in the country.
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Local authority workers, social workers and education and health professionals attending the NSPCC conference in London in April 2013 criticised the new revised Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance for its lack of clarity and consistency and were concerned of the increased risk of variability of safeguarding services around the country.
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