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secure against (someone or something)

1. To put in place protections against some kind of risk, threat, or danger. The doors have been fitted with deadbolts and security cameras to secure against intruders. We help new business owners secure against all manner of financial pitfalls. The prime minister is trying to secure against a no-confidence vote in parliament.
2. To add protections to something in order to prevent or deter some kind of risk, threat, or danger. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "secure" and "against." We should secure the doors against the rioters outside. The military began cracking down on dissenters to secure its control of the country against rebellion. This program secures software against piracy.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*a hold on someone a strong

 and secure influence on someone
(*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone~.) The strange religion seemed to have a strong hold on its followers. The drug has a hold on the minds of those who use it.
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secure something against (someone, something, or an animal)

1. to fasten something against the entry of someone, an animal, or something. Jane secured the doors and windows against the prowler who was roving around the neighborhood. You had better secure the henhouse against coyotes.
2. to obtain a legal order involving someone or something. I secured an injunction against Harry. If he bothers you again, he'll have to go into court to explain himself. We can't secure an injunction against this ruling.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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According to details, Rashid Shafique secured 1769 while Sajjad Khan 1445 votes in ward 1, in ward 2 Rashid Shafique secured 2405 while Sajjad Khan 1968 votes, in ward 3, Rashid Shafique bagged 1751 while Sajjad Khan 1345 votes, in ward 4 Rashid Shafique secured 1449 while Sajjad Khan 1022 votes, in ward 5, Rashid Shafique secured 1521 while Sajjad Khan 1031 votes.
Female students also secured first and second positions in the general science group and third position by a male student while the first position in the Commerce group was attained by a boy
PTI's Omar Ayub Khan secured 172,609 votes maximum number of votes from a single constituency obtained by any candidate from NA-17 (Haripur) constituency.
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