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

 

fend / off

 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 off, ward off The police officer fended off the blows with his riot shield.
  2. 2 to protect yourself from difficult questions, criticisms, etc., especially by avoiding them synonym ward off She managed to fend off questions about new tax increases. The governor fended off three challenges to her leadership.
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