rearguard

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rearguard

(ˈrɪəˌɡɑːd)
n
1. (Military) a detachment detailed to protect the rear of a military formation, esp in retreat
2. an entrenched or conservative element, as in a political party
3. rearguard action
a. an action fought by a rearguard
b. a defensive action undertaken to try to stop something happening or continuing
[C15: from Old French rereguarde (modern French arrière-garde), from rer, from Latin retro back + guarde guard; compare vanguard]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rearguard - a detachment assigned to protect the rear of a (retreating) military body
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
detachment - a small unit of troops of special composition
Translations
مُؤَخَّر الجَيْش
zadní voj
bagtrop
utóvéd
bakvarîarliî
zadný voj

rearguard

[ˈrɪəgɑːd]
A. N (Mil) → retaguardia f
B. CPD rearguard action Ncombate m para cubrir una retirada
to fight a rearguard action (fig) → resistir en lo posible

rearguard

[ˈrɪərgɑːrd] n (MILITARY)arrière-garde frearguard action n (MILITARY)combat m d'arrière-garde
to fight a rearguard action (MILITARY)mener un combat d'arrière-garde (fig)mener un combat d'arrière-garde

rearguard

[ˈrɪəgɑːd] n (Mil) → retroguardia

rear1

(riə) noun
1. the back part of something. There is a second bathroom at the rear of the house; The enemy attacked the army in the rear.
2. the buttocks, bottom. The horse kicked him in his rear.
adjective
positioned behind. the rear wheels of the car.
ˌrear-ˈadmiral noun
in the navy, (a person of) the rank above commodore.
ˈrearguard noun singular or plural
(the group of) soldiers who protect the rear of an army (eg when it is retreating).
References in classic literature ?
Among the field guns on the brow of the hill the general in command of the rearguard stood with a staff officer, scanning the country through his fieldglass.
Quasimodo then constituted himself the rearguard, and followed the archdeacon, walking backwards, squat, surly, monstrous, bristling, gathering up his limbs, licking his boar's tusks, growling like a wild beast, and imparting to the crowd immense vibrations, with a look or a gesture.
Two other men descended after Danglars forming the rearguard, and pushing Danglars whenever he happened to stop, they came by a gentle declivity to the intersection of two corridors.
The warriors of the rearguard had not failed to apprise those in front of the mysterious character, with which it had pleased the trapper to invest the unsuspecting naturalist.
My father, Bert, was part of the rearguard anti-tank unit which was unable to get off at Dunkirk and fought on to a further southern French port.