(intransitive) To take care of oneself, to take responsibility for oneself.
- to manage by oneself; get along without help
- to ward off
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Fend
Origin of Fend
From Middle English, from Old English fēond (“adversary, foe, enemy, fiend, devil, Satan”). More at fiend.
From Middle English fenden (“defend, fight, prevent”), shortening of defenden (“defend”)
Middle English fenden short for defenden to defend defend
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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