Defend [against]

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Sun Dec 19 21:28:58 UTC 2004

One of the announcers for today's Dallas-Philadelphia game said (I'm quoting
from memory and this is probably not word-for-word) "The Cowboys are defending
 Donovan McNabb the way other teams defend Peyton Manning".  Is this common,
to use "defend" to mean "defend against"?

    - James A. Landau

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