To beat off

to repel or drive back.

See also: Beat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Our only hope, he said, lay in reaching his tribe which was quite strong enough in their mountain fastness to beat off any number of Sagoths.
He did not have much faith in their ability to beat off a hungry man-eater, though he did believe, implicitly, that their lives would go bravely before hers in case of an attack.
Frantically he fought to beat off the lad that he might turn upon the fearsome thing at his back.
The man who seized her kept the lions from her with what appeared to be a stout spear, the haft of which he used to beat off the beasts.
His shrieks had brought both his father and herself flying to the hog barn to find him dancing up and down as, frightened and aghast, he vainly attempted to beat off old Dorcas, a mammoth sow, from one of her day-old litter on which, having crushed it by accident, she was now quite deliberately feasting.
To beat off competition from Lucy, Gabby and Jamie-Lee, who all enjoyed fantastic seasons, makes it extra special and highlights how much of a privilege it is to have won this award."
You must have had to beat off a lot of American men to get this part."
Melbourne is hosting the international competition where Wales hope to beat off rival teams from 19 other countries.
It is pleasing to know you are the best in the country and to beat off competition from the nationals, TV and radio."
'Bacheldre managed to beat off tough competition with the combination of a superb product and a great story,' said Mr Cassie.
Chris pulled a rabbit out of the hat to beat off stiff adult competition at the latest show at Finchale College, County Durham.
Skelton and his nine-year-old stallion jumped one of only three clear rounds in the jump off to beat off the challenge of the host nation's Lars Neiberg and Allois Pollman-Schweckhorat.