fend for

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Related to fend for: fend for oneself
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fend for - argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"
argue, reason - present reasons and arguments
apologise, rationalize, apologize, rationalise, justify, excuse - defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
stick up, stand up - defend against attack or criticism; "He stood up for his friend"; "She stuck up for the teacher who was accused of harassing the student"
uphold - stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
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It's a sore thing to do between such near friends; but if I get the dirdum[23] of this dreadful accident, I'll have to fend for myself, man.
And so I wish you good-bye, Master Marner; and if you ever feel anyways bad in your inside, as you can't fend for yourself, I'll come and clean up for you, and get you a bit o' victual, and willing.
Ah, but they must turn out and fend for themselves," said Mr.
The other is aggrieved by the manner in which team Sky strangled the peleton, cosseting the Londoner as they fended off any meaningful attacks - all the while leaving world champion Mark Cavendish to fend for himself.
With no cage and no keepers, the lions fend for themselves in the war-ravaged city.
The judge turned this proposal down because she concluded that the Minister's proposed placement was "contrary to J's welfare and would not enhance her ability to care and fend for herself.