Definition of fend off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fend off

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    fend off somebody

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    fend off something

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    fend somebody off

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    fend something off

     
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  1. 1to defend or protect yourself from something/somebody that is attacking you synonym fight off, ward off 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 off She managed to fend off questions about new tax increases. The Prime Minister fended off three challenges to her leadership.
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