Origin of rearguard
Words nearby rearguard
Other definitions for rearguard (2 of 2)
Origin of rear guard
How to use rearguard in a sentence
The Texas legislation may end up being a rearguard action in a battle already lost for the hearts and minds of a new generation.The bright side of a bad Texas history bill? It’s too late to whitewash the past.|John González, Benjamin Johnson|June 4, 2021|Washington Post
But the conservatives are executing a classic rearguard action.
These would be setbacks, but they would also be rearguard actions that wouldn't hold for long.
A rearguard action by a determined minority may hold back the tide of history for a while.How Straight Marriage’s Evolution Led to Obama’s Gay-Marriage Endorsement|Stephanie Coontz|May 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He had scarcely pointed my attention to the movement, when the whole body of the rearguard was in full and rapid advance.
While the rearguard of Lee's army was retreating toward Lynchburg, the rest of his army was retreating from Petersburg.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
When the terrible retreat begins, Julian finds himself in the rearguard of the French army, fighting desperately.A Roving Commission|G. A. Henty
Once or twice I was within range of a pair of old bulls, who seemed to act as a rearguard.Popular Adventure Tales|Mayne Reid
At Deep Creek the rearguard turned on us, and a severe skirmish took place.The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete|General Philip Henry Sheridan
British Dictionary definitions for rearguard
- an action fought by a rearguard
- a defensive action undertaken to try to stop something happening or continuing