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en garde

[ahn gahrd; French ahn gard]
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interjection Fencing.
  1. (used as the call to the fencers by the director of a match to assume the prescribed position preparatory to action.)
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Origin of en garde

< French: on guard
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British Dictionary definitions for en garde

en garde

interjection
  1. on guard; a call to a fencer to adopt a defensive stance in readiness for an attack or bout
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adjective
  1. (of a fencer) in such a stance
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