home guard

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noun

a volunteer force used for meeting local emergencies when the regular armed forces are needed elsewhere.

Origin of home guard

First recorded in 1735–45
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Home Guard

noun

a volunteer part-time military force recruited for the defence of the United Kingdom in World War II
(in various countries) a civil defence and reserve militia organization
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