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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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It all adds up to introducing potential for safeguarded nuclear activities to contribute to India's nuclear weapons program.
These facilities are not subject to safeguards (except where India may introduce safeguarded material into them - and to that extent only).
New jobs created over the past year totalled 2,618 while the number safeguarded totalled 2,231.
That means 259 jobs were created or safeguarded every week.
Each of these categories is safeguarded differently, and these differences create vulnerabilities within the safeguards system.
For instance, if India wants to increase its stockpile of nuclear explosive material, it may decide to take one of the proposed safeguarded civilian reactors out of safeguards in order to make plutonium for weapons.
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