advance guard

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Origin of advance guard

First recorded in 1750–60
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advance guard

noun
  1. a military unit sent ahead of a main body to find gaps in enemy defences, clear away minor opposition, and prevent unexpected contact
  2. 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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