fend off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fend off prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening "Let's avoid a confrontation","head off a confrontation","avert a strike"
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Quotations

  • David Cronenberg
    David Cronenberg
    “Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.”

Usage

In literature:

We've been ahead with Ashby, fending off Fremont.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Strang with his amused laugh fended off all protest and neighborly advice.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Not all of Ben's blows were fended off, either.
"The Grammar School Boys of Gridley" by H. Irving Hancock
He didn't feel like fending off women at this hour of the morning.
"Mezzerow Loves Company" by Floyd L. Wallace
He put one arm across his face, like a man fending off rain drops, and ran bent forward.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
He only saw that the man thus encountered was bare of shoulders and taller than himself as he thrust out to fend the fellow off.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
If he didn't fend her off, God knows what she'd do.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
All three were able to fend off Isabel's fiendish challenges with accurate responses.
"The Capgras Shift" by Sam Vaknin
Stanton couldn't fend off eight grasping hands with his own two.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Since they had sunk into silence they were like so many friends around him, ready to fend off danger or to warn him.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It will serve to lower down this poor beggar into the boat, which you must all fend off.
"Crown and Anchor" by John Conroy Hutcheson
If kindness and rational expectations, it is well; if more humbug, the hardest must fend off.
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
They always slept between these, the under blankets fending off the cold that rose from the ground.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
If she ever had a fortune of her own, she would have to fend off just such rascals.
"Polly and Eleanor" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
But didn't ye tell me of smearing your face with mud that day to fend off the mosquitoes?
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
He paid no attention to Masten's blows, not even attempting to fend them off, but bored in, swinging viciously.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Fending their craft off the larger vessel Ned explained their plight to an officer.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
He fended off the attack and himself assumed the aggressive.
"The Indifference of Juliet" by Grace S. Richmond
In self-defense Hal Overton was obliged to fend off the blow.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
He fended off other suitors with a kind of animal jealousy.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
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In poetry:

Where are you, living in what depths of time,
love, stepping down into what waters,
now, when the frost of our voiceless lips
does not fend off the divine fires?
"Statue of a Couple" by Czeslaw Milosz
Ah, my darling, when over the purple horizon shall loom
The shrouded mother of a new idea, men hide their faces,
Cry out and fend her off, as she seeks her procreant groom,
Wounding themselves against her, denying her fecund embraces.
"The Prophet" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Manchester woman uses walker to fend off attacker.
Keydets can't fend off Grosselle, The Citadel.
Republicans poised to fend off House challenges.
GOP holds House, but Dems fend off challenges in Senate.
Investment Firm Mount Kellett Urges Clearwire to Fend Off Sprint.
Lady Cats find their fire, fend off Coronado.
Pats turn it around in second half, fend off Bears Originally published October 27, 2012.
Lawrence High receiver Will Thompson looks to fend off Free State defensive back Kyle McFarland after a reception deep in Firebird territory during the first half on Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at Lawrence High.
Woman Uses Walker to Fend Off Knife-Wielding Home Invasion Suspect.
Bears fend off Panthers to stay in hunt.
Who can it fend off .
Netflix adopts poison pill to fend off Icahn.
Intel must fend off trouble from sluggish PC market.
Thunder fend off Princeton 3-0.
Solis/Associated Press Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel tries to fend off Ole Miss defensive end Cameron Whigham during the second quarter Saturday night in Oxford, Miss.
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In science:

In other words, the learner uses randomization to fend off the adversarial choice of labels, whereas it is fully deterministic against the adversarial choice of the permutation.
Random Spanning Trees and the Prediction of Weighted Graphs
Computer viruses also fall into this category; they can be “cured” by antivirus software, but without a permanent virus-checking program the computer has no way to fend off subsequent attacks by the same virus.
The structure and function of complex networks
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