off-guard


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off-guard

(ôf′gärd′, ŏf′-)
adj.
Off one's guard; unprepared: a quiz that caught the class off-guard.

off-guard

adj
not expecting a surprise or danger that suddenly occurs
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.off-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"
Translations

off-guard

[ɒfˈgɑːd] adj to be taken off-guardessere colto/a alla sopravvista
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