Rear-guard meaning

A detachment of troops that protects the rear of a military force.
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Of or relating to a rear guard.
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Of or relating to economic, political, or social resistance.

Mounting a rear-guard effort to prevent tax increases.

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A military detachment to protect the rear of a main force or body.
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Of, or relating to a rearguard.
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Of, or relating to resistance in politics etc.
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Origin of rear-guard

  • Middle English reregarde from Old French rere backward (from Latin retrō re- in Indo-European roots) guarde guard (from guarder to defend guard)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition