Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

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



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



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

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



to stay very close to someone, usually because you want them to protect you



used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play