off her guard


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Adj.1.off her guard - not prepared or vigilantoff her 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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I can arrive at the papers only by putting her off her guard, and I can put her off her guard only by ingratiating diplomatic practices.
Seeing that she was off her guard, the two sailors crept stealthily upon her from behind.
There was a momentary flush on her firm square face, a momentary stillness in her restless hands, which seemed to betoken a coming outburst of anger that might throw her off her guard. But no--she mastered the rising irritation, leaned back in her chair, crossed her arms on her broad bosom, and with a smile of grim sarcasm on her thick lips, looked at me as steadily as ever.