From (etyl), from (etyl) . More at (l).
An enemy; fiend; the Devil.
To take care of oneself, to take responsibility for oneself.
* 1990 , Messrs Howley and Murphy, quoted in U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor Standards, Oversight hearing on the Federal Service Contract Act , U.S. Government Printing Office, page 40,
- Mr. Howley. They are telling him how much they will increase the reimbursement for the total labor cost. The contractor is left to fend as he can.
* 2003 , Scott Turow Reversible Errors ,
- Chairman Murphy. Obviously, he can’t fend for any more than the money he has coming in.
); to block or push away ((non-gloss definition)).
- The planet was full of creatures in need, who could not really fend , and the law was at its best when it ensured that they were treated with dignity.
* 1999 , Kuan-chung Lo, Guanzhong Luo, Luo Guanzhong, Moss Roberts, Three Kingdoms: A Historical Novel , page 39
- With fern beneath to fend the bitter cold.
* 2002 , Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor ,
- He fends , he blocks, too skillful to be downed.
- “ My age is lot like yours. Lone women do not fare well. If I were not there to fend for you, you—”
* fend and prove
* fend away
* fend for oneself
* fend off
* (l) (obsolete)
A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying.
(fencing) A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade.
* beat parry
* opposition parry
* yielding parry
To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack, a blow, an argument, etc.).
, date=September 28
, author=Tom Rostance
, title=Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Wojciech Szczesny was then called into action twice in a minute to parry fierce drives from Djebbour and Torossidis as Arsenal's back four looked all at sea.}}