off guard

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: guard - not prepared or vigilantoff guard - not prepared or vigilant; "the blow caught him napping"; "caught in an off-guard moment"; "found him off his guard"
unready - not prepared or in a state of readiness; slow to understand or respond; "she cursed her unready tongue"
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(gaːd) verb
1. to protect from danger or attack. The soldiers were guarding the king/palace.
2. to prevent (a person) escaping, (something) happening. The soldiers guarded their prisoners; to guard against mistakes.
1. someone who or something which protects. a guard round the king; a guard in front of the fire.
2. someone whose job is to prevent (a person) escaping. There was a guard with the prisoner every hour of the day.
3. (American conductor) a person in charge of a train.
4. the act or duty of guarding.
ˈguarded adjective
cautious. He gave guarded replies.
ˈguardedly adverb
guard of honour
soldiers or other people who are lined up as an honour to someone important. A guard of honour greeted the President at the airport.
keep guard (on)
The soldiers kept guard (on the prisoner).
off guard
unprepared. He hit me while I was off guard; to catch someone off guard.
on guard
prepared. Be on your guard against his tricks.
stand guard
to be on duty as a guard. He stood guard at the gates.
References in classic literature ?
This Musketeer had just come off guard, complained of having a cold, and coughed from time to time affectedly.
You draw a fellow out and put him off guard, and then you laugh at him.
Summary: Ryan Giggs insists Manchester United will not be caught off guard by Liverpool's inconsistent form.
The silent signal is done to avoid the five-second call, but we often catch the defense off guard and not fully set.
Catching someone off guard is no more than a dirty trick.
That's the difference between being caught off guard and not caught off guard.
However, suppliers are not being caught off guard by a sharply higher buying level, which should keep supply and demand in better balance.
Larry is caught off guard by these changes, as well as by changes in himself.
Four canvases catch a man and a woman off guard, embracing in the park: "Sun," one of them announces, and the couple seems haloed by a star-shaped structure, a graphic sign of splendor and radiance, while the rest of the series displays a wordless romance, a silent exchange by way of enigmatic and out-of-sequence gestures.
Q: A key employee recently quit, and I was caught off guard.