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(fend off) To defend against or keep away
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“I am not used by any organization or political party to oppress others, and I manage to fend off any attempts to curtail my freedom.”
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(fend for) To take care of without help
“Assessments should be made from childhood so that people with a mental age of nine or ten are not left to fend themselves.”
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(fend for oneself) To cope or take care of oneself without help
“His self-reliance and resourcefulness have been demonstrated by his ability to fend for himself.”
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To keep from harm, or to ensure the safety of
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(idiomatic, shift for oneself) To assume responsibility
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