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chiefly British spellings of defense
come/jump to someone's defense
jump to someone's defense
leap to someone's defense
line of defense
testify for the defense/prosecution
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“Defence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defence. Accessed 29 May. 2020.
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chiefly British variant of defense
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