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Definition of fend / off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

fend / off

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    fend something/somebodyoff

     
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  1. 1to defend or protect yourself from something or someone that is attacking you synonym fight somebody/somethingoff, ward somebody/somethingoff The police officer fended off the blows with his riot shield.
  2. 2to protect yourself from difficult questions, criticisms, etc., especially by avoiding them synonym ward somebody/somethingoff She managed to fend off questions about new tax increases. The governor fended off three challenges to her leadership.
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