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fend off

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  • fend off — (someone) 1. to stop someone from coming too near to you. She was never very good at fending off the boys. 2. to stop someone from hurting you. The young woman was able to fend off the robber. Related vocabulary: ward off someone/something …   New idioms dictionary

  • fend off — (something) to prevent something from happening. A politician has to learn how to fend off unfriendly questions, especially from the press. Related vocabulary: stave off something …   New idioms dictionary

  • fend off — [v] keep at bay avert, avoid, beat off*, deflect, drive back*, hold at bay*, keep at a distance, keep at arm’s length*, keep off, parry, rebuff, rebuke, rebut, refuse, reject, repel, repulse, resist, snub, spurn, stave off, turn aside, ward off;… …   New thesaurus

  • fend off — index avert, block, deter, estop, parry, prevent, repel (drive back), repulse, r …   Law dictionary

  • fend off — verb prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening Let s avoid a confrontation head off a confrontation avert a strike • Syn: ↑debar, ↑forefend, ↑forfend, ↑obviate, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fend off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms fend off : present tense I/you/we/they fend off he/she/it fends off present participle fending off past tense fended off past participle fended off 1) to defend yourself against an attack His opponent jumped… …   English dictionary

  • fend off — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you fend off unwanted questions, problems, or people, you stop them from affecting you or defend yourself from them, but often only for a short time and without dealing with them completely. [V P n (not pron)] He looked relaxed …   English dictionary

  • fend off — verb To ward off; to drive (something) away; to turn away; to defend against; to repel with force or effort. They tried citronella to fend off the mosquitos, to no avail …   Wiktionary

  • fend off — Synonyms and related words: anticipate, avert, avoid, bar, beat back, beat off, block, brush off, chase, chase away, chase off, check, counter, cut, debar, deflect, deter, discourage, dishearten, dismiss, drive away, drive back, estop, exclude,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fend-off — /ˈfɛnd ɒf/ (say fend of) noun → fend (def. 3) …   Australian English dictionary

  • fend off — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. keep off, ward off, repel, deflect; see defend 1 , repel 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. defend, parry, resist, ward off, dodge, repel, deflect, divert, shield from, keep at bay, protect, evade, repulse …   English dictionary for students

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