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A person who keeps watch, especially a soldier or other person assigned to protect a person or to control access to a place
“The guard assigned to the U.S. ambassador shot at the assailants, and after a brief gun battle, the assassins were overcome.”
A device worn or fitted to prevent injury or damage
“The guard also prevents damage if the car bottoms-out over ruts or dips in the road.”
A prison warder
“Thus, a few years ago it was held to be unconstitutional for a prison guard to hit an inmate.”
A state of vigilance or preparedness against adverse circumstances
“Pensioners in Colchester were today told to keep their guard up after bogus callers struck twice.”
A position of readiness to oppose actual or expected attack
“… be on your guard against snakes in the swamp.”
Watch over in order to protect or control
“On the pretext that the statue was about to be attacked, the army erected a barbed wire fence around the area on May 25 and posted soldiers to guard the edifice.”
Take precautions against
“Given the undoubted complexity of this claim I must guard against conducting any form of mini-trial.”
“Any period of industrial action would see the army called in to guard prisoners.”
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