guard against

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Related to guard against: so much for, ahead of schedule, in the wrong

w>guard against

vi +prep obj (= take care to avoid) suspicion, being cheated etcsich in Acht nehmen vor (+dat); hasty reaction, bad habit, scandal alsosich hüten vor (+dat); (= take precautions against) illness, attack, danger, misunderstandingsvorbeugen (+dat); accidentsverhüten; you must guard against catching coldSie müssen aufpassen or sich in Acht nehmen, dass Sie sich nicht erkälten; in order to guard against thisum (dem) vorzubeugen
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Be on guard against men who can strike from a distance.
Considering our distance from Europe, it would be more natural for these confederacies to apprehend danger from one another than from distant nations, and therefore that each of them should be more desirous to guard against the others by the aid of foreign alliances, than to guard against foreign dangers by alliances between themselves.
And here, Davie, laddie," he resumed, "it lies near upon my conscience to improve this parting, and set you on the right guard against the dangers of the world.
In the first place, it is to be remarked that, however small the republic may be, the representatives must be raised to a certain number, in order to guard against the cabals of a few; and that, however large it may be, they must be limited to a certain number, in order to guard against the confusion of a multitude.
Let me only say--go with a companion when you next visit Dexter; and be on your guard against yourself when your talk turns on Mrs.
But when for their own ambitious ends they shun binding themselves, it is a token that they are giving more thought to themselves than to you, and a prince out to guard against such, and to fear them as if they were open enemies, because in adversity they always help to ruin him.
I would hide my person in the same way, were it not that daily I have to attend the office where I have to be constantly on my guard against my fellows.
It never entered my head to be on my guard against his warmth and his terrible obviousness.
The man was so intent on watching someone, or something, that he did not guard against being himself watched.
When he had finished, he thanked her kindly and oiled himself thoroughly with his jeweled oil-can, to guard against mishap.
So she called all seven to her and said: 'Dear children, I have to go into the forest, be on your guard against the wolf; if he comes in, he will devour you all--skin, hair, and everything.
I perceived within half an hour that she was so glad--stout, simple, plain, clean, wholesome woman-- as to be positively on her guard against showing it too much.