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English definition of “fend sb/sth off”

fend sb/sth off

phrasal verb with fend
 
 
/fend/ verb
to avoid dealing with something that is unpleasant or difficult: The publisher offered shareholders a special dividend to try to fend off a hostile takeover bid from a competitor.
(Definition of fend sb/sth off from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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