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English definition of “fend sth off”

fend sth off

verb uk phrasal verb with fend   /fend/ us  
to avoid dealing with something that is unpleasant or difficult: Somehow she managed to fend off the awkward questions.Neglecting and ignoringNot paying attentionTreating as unimportant
(Definition of fend sth off from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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