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To defend or protect yourself - synonyms or related words

fight off

to stop someone who is trying to attack you

fend off

to defend yourself against an attack

stand up to

to not allow yourself to be treated badly, especially by someone in authority

parry

verb

to push something to the side, especially in order to defend yourself from attack

hold off

to stop someone who is trying to attack you from coming close

beat off

to prevent someone from physically attacking you by hitting them with your hands or with an object

deflect

verb

to direct criticism, attention, or blame away from yourself toward someone else

drive off

to force someone to go away, especially when they are attacking or threatening you

fight your corner

to defend your opinions when criticized by other people

cover yourself

to take action to protect yourself against criticism, blame, or legal problems

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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dolt

a stupid person

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hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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