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en garde

[ahn gahrd; French ahn gard] /ɑn ˈgɑrd; French ɑ̃ ˈgard/
interjection, Fencing.
1.
(used as the call to the fencers by the director of a match to assume the prescribed position preparatory to action.)
Origin of en garde
< French: on guard
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  • A low growl from the men greeted this display, but Ralph did not stir, and Mark stood for a moment or two en garde.

    The Black Tor George Manville Fenn
  • Then in French, with a very peculiar accent, he cried, “en garde!”

    In Honour's Cause George Manville Fenn
  • De Poincy was no doubt right—even here it was necessary to be en garde.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • But I did not leave Mollie without that sort of smiling salute that accompanies a fencer's "en garde."

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for en garde

en garde

/ɑ̃ ɡard/
interjection
1.
on guard; a call to a fencer to adopt a defensive stance in readiness for an attack or bout
adjective
2.
(of a fencer) in such a stance
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