defend (oneself)

If someone tries to hurt you or steal from you, "defending yourself" means to stop them by fighting back.

Do you know how to defend yourself if someone attacks you on the street?

"Defending yourself" might mean fighting an attacker or threatening them with a weapon.

Most people agree that it's OK to fight someone if they try to hurt you, so the phrase "defend yourself" sounds kind of positive.

This phrase appears in these lessons: