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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of fend.


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  • As he and co-worker Julia await rescue on a lifeboat, Marin fends off suitors.

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  • "Fends 'em off an 'fends 'em off, an' 'Don't ye come anigh me,' she sez.

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  • But these days, as he fends off investment offers from around the world and grapples with the ever-present question of whether to do his own television show, he wonders if he got it wrong.

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  • The report arrives as the FDA fends off pointed criticism from manufacturers who say the agency has become too slow and bureaucratic in clearing new devices, driving up costs for companies and forcing some out of business.

    FDA criticized over the way they regulate medical devices.

  • Newt Gingrich is enjoying a modest rise in polls and in fund-raising, the latest sign of volatility in the Republican presidential field as Mitt Romney struggles to expand his popularity with GOP voters and Herman Cain fends off decade-old sexual-harassment allegations.

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  • Brown fends off MPs but loses second banker in two days

    Steve Bell on David Cameron and bankers' bonuses

  • Like some gene that fends off disease, we should isolate it, and then inject it, when it can have an effect.

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  • President Obama fends off the Republican opponents of his health care proposal but soons finds the retractable light saber insufficient …

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  • The first half was atmospheric, beautiful and involving, as Elizabeth fends off various suitors and Philip of Spain and Mary Q of S plot to remove her.


  • The "good characters" are not uninteresting – especially Clemmie Sveaas' Princess, who has a lovely, intemperate energy you want to cheer when she fends off Karl's advances by thrusting her foot hard against his chest.

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