fend off collocations and examples

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defend yourself against an attack or criticism

Nouns frequently used as the object of fend off
an attack: attack, blow, challenge, tackleThe British had just managed to fend off the attack.someone who attacks you: attacker, boarder, intruder, mugger, pursuerShe tried to fend off the attacker with kicks.criticism: accusation, attack, challenge, claim, criticism, objectionUS officials tried to fend off growing criticism for the latest security lapse.question: query, questionHe now had to fend off questions about whether he’d resign over the matter.
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