advance guard


noun

a body of troops going before the main force to clear the way, guard against surprise, etc.

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Origin of advance guard

First recorded in 1750–60
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advance guard

noun

a military unit sent ahead of a main body to find gaps in enemy defences, clear away minor opposition, and prevent unexpected contact
a temporary military detachment sent ahead of a force to prepare for a landing or other operation, esp by making reconnaissance
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