All I know is that he gets defensive when I mention Uncle Fabrice.
Every time the subject of your father came up, you got defensive and I backed off because I was afraid of losing you.
Some of his innate defensive powers remained, or she would've turned him to stone or the Other would've vaporized him.
His senses tingled, and he dwelled on how his defensive powers almost seemed to work when nothing else did.
"You're in Arizona," Jake said as she resumed her defensive position in the library's most comfortable chair.
He emerged from his defensive position, pausing near her.
"I did it as a defensive measure," Cynthia said.
I got some ideas and I have a few feelers out, Fred answered, a defensive tone in his voice.
There are signs when Death is in her fortress. I might be able to see the trees in their defensive positions from here.
When kids teased her about her outdated moral convictions, she got defensive and withdrew.
In his adoption of a purely defensive policy at the beginning of the Peloponnesian War, he miscalculated the temper of the Athenians, whose morale would have been better sustained by a greater show of activity.
The conception of a permanent confederation, bound together in offensive and defensive alliance for common objects, has not occurred to these hard fighters and stubborn asserters of their civic privileges.
Austria also concluded offensive and defensive alliancqs with Sardinia Tuscany and Naples; and Metternichs ambition was to make Austrian predominance over Italy still more absolute, by placing an Austrian archduke on the Sardinian throne.
Piedmontese finances had been strained to breaking-point to organize an army obviously intended for other than merely defensive purposes.
Humans should not feel threatened in any way by this, and yet it still makes some people defensive and uncomfortable.
There are really no blows to be given by him but defensive ones.
The eighth and largest group, which in its enormous numbers was to the others as ninety-nine to one, consisted of men who desired neither peace nor war, neither an advance nor a defensive camp at the Drissa or anywhere else, neither Barclay nor the Emperor, neither Pfuel nor Bennigsen, but only the one most essential thing--as much advantage and pleasure for themselves as possible.
On returning to France, to the bosom of the great, strong, magnificent, peaceful, and glorious fatherland, I should have proclaimed her frontiers immutable; all future wars purely defensive, all aggrandizement antinational.
Admitting the view of Barclay and others that a defensive battle at Fili was impossible, but imbued with Russian patriotism and the love of Moscow, he proposed to move troops from the right to the left flank during the night and attack the French right flank the following day.