Hard work is a bulwark against poverty.

Bulwark: To defend against or protect from.

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To protect or guard.

A raincoat is a bulwark against the rain.

1. (Fort.) A rampart; a fortification; a bastion or outwork.
2. That which secures against an enemy, or defends from attack; any means of defense or protection.
"The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense,  the floating bulwark of our island." ~ Blackstone.
 3. pl. (Naut.) The sides of a ship above the upper deck.

v. t.
To fortify with, or as with, a rampart or wall; to secure by fortification; to protect.
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