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To take defensive action, push against, veer away,
avoid, steer away, retreat, tack, give strong vocal or signal warning.

In the nautical sense; The strong current swept the tugboat hard up against our starboard quarter, so we had to take evasive action to 'fend-off' the craft so as to avoid serious damage to both our vessels.

Additional definitions for 'fend off':

fend offAway; to turn away; to defend against; to repel with force or effort.
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