rear guard
noun Etymology: Middle French reregarde, from Old French, from rere + garde guard Date: 1659 a military detachment detailed to bring up and protect the rear of a main body or force

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  • Rear guard — Rear Rear, a. Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company. [1913 Webster] {Rear admiral}, an officer in the navy, next in rank below a vice admiral and above a commodore. See {Admiral}. {Rear front} (Mil.), the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rear-guard — (rîrʹgärd ) adj. 1. Of or relating to a rear guard. 2. Of or relating to economic, political, or social resistance: mounting a rear guard effort to prevent tax increases. * * * …   Universalium

  • rear guard — rear′ guard′ n. mil a part of a military force assigned to guard the rear from attack, esp. in a retreat rear′guard , adj …   From formal English to slang

  • rear|guard — «RIHR GAHRD», adjective. designed or carried out to prevent, delay, or evade; diverting or delaying as a defensive measure: »rearguard tactics. Figurative. In seeking to keep races apart he is fighting a rearguard action against a world trend… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rear guard — n. [ME rier garde < Anglo Fr reregard < OFr < riere, backward (< L retro: see RETRO ) + gard,GUARD] a military detachment to protect the rear of a main force or body …   English World dictionary

  • Rear guard — In military language, rear guard troops have always been the troops tasked to protect the important positions behind the front lines (if used in the defensive role) or to clear pockets of enemy resistance (if used in the offensive role). In… …   Wikipedia

  • rear guard — noun Etymology: Middle English reregarde, from Middle French, from Old French reregarde, rereguarde, from rere, riere backward, behind (from Latin retro) + garde, guarde guard more at retro , guard : a military detachment detailed to bring up and …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rear Guard — Infobox VG title = Rear Guard developer = Neil Larimer publisher = Adventure International designer = engine = released = 1982 genre = Combat modes = Single player ratings = platforms = Apple II, Atari 8 bit, TRS 80, TRS 80 CoCo media =… …   Wikipedia

  • rear guard — ariergardas statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Puolančias ar atsitraukiančias pajėgas saugantys iš užnugario padaliniai. Jie turi atlikti šias funkcijas: saugoti vorą iš užnugario nuo priešo pajėgų; atsitraukiant sulaikyti priešą; judant į… …   NATO terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • rear guard — ariergardas statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Saugos padalinys, kurį žygiuojančios sausumos pajėgos paskiria į užnugarį, kad jas dengtų ir teiktų informaciją. atitikmenys: angl. rear guard pranc. arrière garde …   NATO terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • rear guard — 1. The rearmost elements of an advancing or a withdrawing force. It has the following functions: to protect the rear of a column from hostile forces; during the withdrawal, to delay the enemy; during the advance, to keep supply routes open. 2.… …   Military dictionary

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