off your guard

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Related to off your guard: catch off guard
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: your guard - not prepared or vigilantoff your 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"
References in classic literature ?
My mother's object was to make herself thoroughly acquainted with you, and to throw you off your guard by speaking in the character of a stranger.
The title puts you off your guard because you think that it is just going to be an easy, humorous story.
He always seems to be in the right place at the right time and if you're off your guard for even a split-second, he'll punish you.