safeguard against

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 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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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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The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection For the Independent Journal.
The Same Subject Continued (The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection) From the Daily Advertiser.
There was no need of other safeguard against me--the safeguard of wealth was enough."
The captain made light of his counsels, and pointed to his cannon and fire-arms as sufficient safeguard against naked savages.
I have never heard that poverty was any safeguard against it.
Never, I ween, through any heedlessness of his nurse shall witchcraft hurt him nor yet the Undercutter (8): for I know a charm far stronger than the Woodcutter, and I know an excellent safeguard against woeful witchcraft.'
But they considered the lama's presence a perfect safeguard against all consequences, and impenitently brought Kim of their best - even to a drink of chang - the barley-beer that comes from Ladakh-way.
Religion forms the only adequate safeguard against the abuse of supreme power.
The one safeguard against Admiral Bartram's constitutional tendency to somnambulism was the watch and ward which his faithful old servant kept outside his door.
Mnuchin warned Facebook that it should take proper measures to safeguard against the currency being used for illicit activity. 
The abolition of the graft-ridden Road Board will 'streamline our bureaucracy and safeguard against corruption,' Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Tuesday.
September 21, 2014 (KHARTOUM) -- The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has put in place preventive measures to safeguard against Ebola epidemic in Sudan.
With no direct ventilation holes to minimise the potential burn risk and over-locked outer fabric to safeguard against internal ignition, the cap offers wearers optimum protection.w|
Designed to safeguard against environmental ingress, the connector provides a leak-tight tube fitting connection between sections of single jacketed tubing, eliminating the need for sleeves and sealing tape.