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advance guard

noun
1.
a body of troops going before the main force to clear the way, guard against surprise, etc.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60
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British Dictionary definitions for advance guard

advance guard

noun
1.
a military unit sent ahead of a main body to find gaps in enemy defences, clear away minor opposition, and prevent unexpected contact
2.
a temporary military detachment sent ahead of a force to prepare for a landing or other operation, esp by making reconnaissance
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