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fend + off

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fend off (third-person singular simple present fends off, present participle fending off, simple past and past participle fended off)

  1. To defend against; to repel with force or effort
    Synonyms: turn away, drive away, ward off
    They tried citronella to fend off the mosquitos, to no avail.
  2. (nautical) To prevent (a vessel) from running against anything with too much violence.

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