Swiss Guard


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Swiss Guard

n.
A member of a corps of soldiers of Swiss birth employed at the Vatican as bodyguards to the pope.

Swiss Guard

n
1. (Military) the bodyguard of the pope, recruited from Swiss nationals
2. (Military) a member of this bodyguard
3. (Historical Terms) one of a group of Swiss mercenaries who acted as bodyguards to the French kings: destroyed in the Revolution

Swiss′ Guard′


n.
a member of a corps of Swiss bodyguards protecting the pope.
[1690–1700]
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On the evening before, they had scarcely seen each other for a moment at the apartment of the Swiss guard, Germain, whither D'Artagnan had sent for her.
"First, then, they went, I don't know where, for a number of lay figures, of all heights and sizes, hoping there would be one to suit mine, but the largest - that of the drum-major of the Swiss guard - was two inches too short, and a half foot too narrow in the chest."
His was a most unroyal career, but the most pitiable spectacle in it was his sentimental treachery to his Swiss guard on that memorable 10th of August, when he allowed those heroes to be massacred in his cause, and forbade them to shed the "sacred French blood" purporting to be flowing in the veins of the red-capped mob of miscreants that was raging around the palace.
You are as much mercenaries (sincere mercenaries, I grant) as were the men of the Swiss Guard.* Be true to your salt and your hire; guard, with your preaching, the interests of your employers; but do not come down to the working class and serve as false leaders.
Orders had just been given to the royal guards and the Swiss guards, not only to stand firm, but to send out patrols to the streets of Saint Denis and Saint Martin, where the people thronged and where they were the most vociferous, when the mayor of Paris was announced at the Palais Royal.
In fact, about four o'clock they were all concentrated about the Palais Royal, the courts and ground floors of which were filled with musketeers and Swiss guards, and there awaited the outcome of all this disturbance.
"Because there is below an officer of the Swiss guards waiting for you."
Let's get real, both sets of supporters detest one another, so why would any of them form a guard of honour?" Jock Gray, Falkirk, said: "Rangers should arrange for the Swiss Guard to do the guard of honour and go the whole hog by playing The Celtic Song over the tannoy.
Bonenberger praised captain Giulia Simioni as the Swiss guard fell just three rebounds short of a triple double.
But Bonenberger was quick to praise captain fantastic Giulia Simioni as the Swiss guard fell just three rebounds short of a famous triple double.
No Swiss Guard "kid-fetcher" was there as well, making Cyprien's brief encounter with the Pope a rather special one for his parents.

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