Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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coast guard (cap.) a U.S. military service that enforces maritime, customs, and immigration laws, aids vessels in distress, discourages smugglers, and defends the nation's coasts. [2 definitions]
color guard those who carry and escort a country's flag or several colored flags in a parade or ceremony.
crossing guard a school official, police officer, or volunteer who directs traffic and helps children to cross the streets around a school.
honor guard a guard assigned to attend honorable persons or guests or to walk alongside the casket at a military funeral.
National Guard a U.S. military reserve force recruited and maintained by each state, but subject to the call of either the state or federal government.
off guard unprepared.
old guard (sometimes cap.) the most conservative members of a group, political party, or the like, often in positions of authority or influence.
on guard alert and prepared.
provost guard a police detail of soldiers under the command of a provost marshal.
rear guard a small detachment of soldiers who protect the rear of a larger unit, as in a retreat.
yeoman of the guard a member of the ceremonial guard of one hundred yeomen attending the British royal family.