The story caught even the most senior executives at NBC Universal off-guard.
I expected anger from the far-left, but the extreme caught me off-guard.
The Taliban certainly fear the night raids, which catch them off-guard or when they are asleep.
In his mind was the conviction that we had pretended to be harmless animals so that we could catch him off-guard and kill him.
Stillman knew at once that her ill-temper had caught her off-guard and she was already trying to crawl slowly back into his favor.
I wouldn't trust myself with you one minute off-guard like that.
early 15c., "one who keeps watch," from Middle French garde "guardian, warden, keeper; watching, keeping, custody," from Old French garder "to keep, maintain, preserve, protect" (corresponding to Old North French warder, see gu-), from Frankish *wardon, from Proto-Germanic *wardo- "to guard" (see ward (v.)). Abstract or collective sense of "a keeping, a custody" (as in bodyguard) also is from early 15c. Sword-play and fisticuffs sense is from 1590s. Guard-rail attested from 1860.