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Synonyms for fend

fend for yourself


  • look after yourself
  • support yourself
  • sustain yourself
  • take care of yourself
  • provide for yourself
  • make do
  • make provision for yourself
  • shift for yourself

fend something or someone off: deflect


fend something or someone off: beat off

Synonyms for fend

to turn or drive away

to keep safe from danger, attack, or harm

to progress or perform adequately, especially in difficult circumstances

Synonyms for fend

try to manage without help

withstand the force of something

References in classic literature ?
She raised the spear to fend off the heavy missile, but she was not entirely successful, and the impact of the blow carried her backward upon the couch, and instantly Metak was upon her.
Three times the panthan's blade changed its position--once to fend a savage cut; once to feint; and once to thrust.
We pay for every nerve marathon we run, nor can John Barleycorn intercede and fend off the just payment.
You know I am not par- ticularly tender; I've had to strike and to fend off.
We parry and fend the approach of our fellow-man by compliments, by gossip, by amusements, by affairs.
It was an avalanche of fury that Johnson strove vainly to fend off.
It's a sore thing to do between such near friends; but if I get the dirdum[23] of this dreadful accident, I'll have to fend for myself, man.
Ah, but they must turn out and fend for themselves," said Mr.
Jack's someone I looked at before I was at the Jack Grealish fends off|Liverpool's Emre Can club.
GET OFF Diver pushes shark's snout to move it away MOVE IT Diver fends off shark as it gets a bit too close LUNCH Diver has a lucky escape as his hand disappears inside the shark's mouth
TAKE THAT: The doctor fends off a Cyberman in the Christmas special
EN GARDE: David Tennant as The Doctor fends off a Cyberman