verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- either of the linemen stationed between a tackle and the center.
- the position played by this lineman.
Origin of guard
Synonyms for guard
Antonyms for guard
Related Words for off-guardasleep, inattentive, unsuspecting, flat-footed, napping, unready, derelict, negligent, unguarded, unprepared
Examples from the Web for off-guard
Contemporary Examples of off-guard
The Taliban certainly fear the night raids, which catch them off-guard or when they are asleep.U.S. Hands Over Night Raids to Afghan Forces, With Possible Consequences
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
April 8, 2012
The story caught even the most senior executives at NBC Universal off-guard.Will Stars Align for Comcast and NBC?
October 1, 2009
I expected anger from the far-left, but the extreme caught me off-guard.A Democratic Speechwriter Backing McCain Responds to Attacks
October 31, 2008
Historical Examples of off-guard
I wouldn't trust myself with you one minute off-guard like that.The Tinder-Box
Maria Thompson Daviess
In his mind was the conviction that we had pretended to be harmless animals so that we could catch him off-guard and kill him.Cry from a Far Planet
Stillman knew at once that her ill-temper had caught her off-guard and she was already trying to crawl slowly back into his favor.The Blood Red Dawn
Charles Caldwell Dobie
- chess cardsto protect or cover (a chess man or card) with another
- curling bowlsto protect or cover (a stone or bowl) by placing one's own stone or bowl between it and another player
- the act or duty of protecting, restraining, or supervising
- (as modifier)guard duty
- another name for safety chain
- a long neck chain often holding a chatelaine
- the position of the two players in a team who play furthest from the basket
- a player in this position
- (of a sentry) to begin to keep watch
- (with over)to take up a protective or defensive stance (over something)
Word Origin for guard
early 15c., "one who keeps watch," from Middle French garde "guardian, warden, keeper; watching, keeping, custody," from Old French garder "to keep, maintain, preserve, protect" (corresponding to Old North French warder, see gu-), from Frankish *wardon, from Proto-Germanic *wardo- "to guard" (see ward (v.)). Abstract or collective sense of "a keeping, a custody" (as in bodyguard) also is from early 15c. Sword-play and fisticuffs sense is from 1590s. Guard-rail attested from 1860.
see off guard; stand guard.