fend off

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Related to fend off: ward off
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fend off - prevent the occurrence offend off - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

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vt sepabwehren; attacker alsovertreiben; criticismzurückweisen; competitionausschalten
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We pay for every nerve marathon we run, nor can John Barleycorn intercede and fend off the just payment.
We went sneaking down the slope of it to labboard, in the dark, towards the texas, feeling our way slow with our feet, and spreading our hands out to fend off the guys, for it was so dark we couldn't see no sign of them.
It was an avalanche of fury that Johnson strove vainly to fend off.
She raised the spear to fend off the heavy missile, but she was not entirely successful, and the impact of the blow carried her backward upon the couch, and instantly Metak was upon her.
You know I am not par- ticularly tender; I've had to strike and to fend off.
Global Banking News-December 21, 2017--Regulator says China would fend off credit risks in banking sector
Summary: President Michel Aoun applauded the pre-emptive security operations conducted by the Army and security forces to fend off the threats of "terrorists" along Lebanon's northeastern border.
9million Malaysian Open, was stung more than 20 times as he tried to fend off the terrifying attack.
Sheikh Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, inaugurated the session of the council, calling for continuing the process of the council, in line with the directives of the kings and emirs of the GCC member states, to fend off contemporary or future regional and international challenges.
DEREK GOULDING says only a few clubs in the Evo-Stik First Division North can fend off interest in their best players.
While there were undoubtedly "centuries-long battles to fend off kings, emperors and dictators," the church itself was guilty of just such a historical abuse of power.
Summary: A scuba diver who came face-to-teeth with a shark used a camera to fend off the animal when it came at him with its teeth bared.