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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Earnshaw was ready to fling it out of doors: she did fly up, asking how he could fashion to bring that gipsy brat into the house, when they had their own bairns to feed and fend for? What he meant to do with it, and whether he were mad?
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.
Simwa does not do any work and depends on his younger brother to fend for him,'' he said.The body of the dead man was taken to Vihiga County Referral Hospital mortuary in Mbale.
Most of them are left to fend for themselves for months and sometimes...
In her defence, Abdullahi told the court that the grinding machine is the main source of income for her family and have been using it for seven years due to the inability of her sick husband to fend for them.
Apparently Kim Kardashian is furious that Kanye West is planning to launch a world tour following the release of his album on June 18, leaving her and their baby to fend for themselves in July like a struggling single mother and child from a Sapphire novel.
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.
And when those children become adults, they're often left to fend for themselves.
With no cage and no keepers, the lions fend for themselves in the war-ravaged city.
Here I was told to fend for myself as we were invited to another house for turkey dinner later.