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home guard

noun
1.
a volunteer force used for meeting local emergencies when the regular armed forces are needed elsewhere.
Origin of home guard
1735-1745
First recorded in 1735-45
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Examples from the Web for home guard
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  • But he realized that just now there was nothing for the home guard to do.

    Young Captain Jack

    Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • None of them have been bothering us, since we organized the home guard.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • It signified merely that he had been received into the home guard.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable
  • A home guard has been organized, which is to be armed and patrol the streets at night.

    Beyond the Marne Henriette Cuvru-Magot
  • Strangers had to give an account of themselves to the home guard now.

    The Price of the Prairie

    Margaret Hill McCarter
  • It was time the home guard was being made to justify its name.

  • I have not served in the Confederate army or navy, or even been a member of a home guard.

    Stand By The Union Oliver Optic
  • The home guard was called out, and the women and children ran about seeking places of safety.

    Campfire and Battlefield

    Rossiter Johnson
  • What a first-rate kitchen police in a home guard outfit that bimbo would make!

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • The already existing democratic club was rapidly organized into the nucleus of a home guard, and recruited in numbers.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
British Dictionary definitions for home guard

Home Guard

noun
1.
a volunteer part-time military force recruited for the defence of the United Kingdom in World War II
2.
(in various countries) a civil defence and reserve militia organization
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for home guard

home guard

noun

A resident of a place; native; local (1900s+ Circus & hoboes)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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