- a volunteer force used for meeting local emergencies when the regular armed forces are needed elsewhere.
Origin of home guard
First recorded in 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for home guard
Being large and able-bodied, I enrolled with the home-guard.
This home-guard was placed under command of the king in person.The Gorilla Hunters
But we were the home-guard, and our own lives were nothing to us, if only we could save the defenceless.The Price of the Prairie
Margaret Hill McCarter
We looked to see the militia fire and run, home-guard fashion; but these men of Pickens's were made of more soldierly stuff.The Master of Appleby
Go thou and Hake back to the huts as fast as may be, and order the home-guard to make all needful preparation.The Norsemen in the West
- a volunteer part-time military force recruited for the defence of the United Kingdom in World War II
- (in various countries) a civil defence and reserve militia organization
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