off his guard


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Adj.1.off his guard - not prepared or vigilantoff his 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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A temporary pause, when taken off his guard, gave him the vital moment in which to think and determine his action.
He wanted, very, very much, to feel his teeth sink into the neck of the queer animal that he had learned to hate and fear, and because of this, he came often with his tribe to reconnoiter, waiting for a time when the white ape should be off his guard.
He was so afraid of him, and of some sudden onslaught, that he was not content to see his closed eyes through the chair-back, but every now and then, rose stealthily to his feet, and peered at him with outstretched neck, to assure himself that he really was still asleep, and was not about to spring upon him when he was off his guard.