Origin: Middle English rier garde from Anglo-French reregard from Old French from riere, backward (from Classical Latin retro: see retro-) plush gard, guard
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Origin: Middle English reregarde, from Old French : rere, backward (from Latin retrō; see re- in Indo-European roots) + guarde, guard (from guarder, to defend; see guard).
- Of or relating to a rear guard.
- Of or relating to economic, political, or social resistance: mounting a rear-guard effort to prevent tax increases.