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Old Guard

the imperial guard created in 1804 by Napoleon: it made the last French charge at Waterloo.
(in the U.S.) the conservative element of any political party, especially the Republican Party.
(usually lowercase) the influential, established, more conservative members of any body, group, movement, etc.:
the old guard of New York society.
Origin of Old Guard
translation of French Vieille Garde Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Henry Peacock is once more a member of the Old Guard, in good standing and entitled to all privileges.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • As had been anticipated, the regular eleven tried to ignore the Old Guard.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • The Old Guard pounced on him when he came into the lounging room at five o'clock.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • A few of the better grounded stood the fire, like a remnant of the Old Guard.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • Some regiments of the Old Guard in vain endeavoured to form in squares and stem the current.

British Dictionary definitions for Old Guard

old guard

a group that works for a long-established or old-fashioned cause or principle
the conservative element in a political party or other group
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C19: from Old Guard

Old Guard

the French imperial guard created by Napoleon in 1804
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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