fend off

phrasal verb

fended off; fending off; fends off
: to defend oneself against (someone or something)
They succeeded in fending off the attack/attackers.
They have had to fend off allegations of voter fraud.

Examples of fend off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than just a work of art — or a metaphor for an oppressed people’s revenge fantasy — the contraption becomes a bargaining chip in a desperate bid by Indian royalty to fend off British conquest. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2023 Or maybe there’s an unconscious impulse afoot to fend off the existential threat of artificial intelligence and virtual worlds. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2023 Haim Peri, a long-time peace activist, fended off the attackers long enough for his wife to hide, evading capture. Isabel Coles, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2023 Gisele Bündchen may have to fend off another wave of rumors after spending the day before Thanksgiving in Costa Rica with jiujitsu instructor Joaquim Valente. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 26 Nov. 2023 Hoping to fend off Seasonal Affective Disorder, or FOMO triggered by highlight reels from friends’ (and strangers’) glamorous skiing escapades in Aspen and romantic rendezvous with mulled wine in Vienna? Patricia Garcia, Vogue, 11 Nov. 2023 That also underscored the candidates' differences on how much to help Ukraine fend off Russia's invasion. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 9 Nov. 2023 Some Palestinians carried white flags, hoping to fend off attacks. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2023 She’s given the task of finding warriors who can fend off an impending invasion by a tyrannical despot. Zack Sharf, Variety, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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“Fend off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fend%20off. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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