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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- on guard: a direction to fencers
- the opening position from which one may either attack or defend
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Used to warn a fencer to assume the position preparatory to a match.
Origin: French : en, on + garde, guard.