fend [fend] v
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: defend]
fend for yourself
to look after yourself without needing help from other people
The kids had to fend for themselves while their parents were away.
fend off [fend sb/sth off] phr v
1.) to defend yourself against someone who is attacking you
= ↑fight somebody<=>off
Tabitha threw up an arm to fend her attacker off.
2.) to defend yourself from something such as difficult questions, competition, or a situation you do not want to deal with
She uses her secretary to fend off unwanted phone calls.
The company managed to fend off the hostile takeover bid.

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