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.
"We left him, and when we were outside I turned to Larsan, looking him full in the face, and put my question suddenly to take him off his guard:
It caught Robin off his guard. His stick had rested a moment while he looked to see the giant topple into the water, when down came the other upon his head, whack!