en garde

en garde

[ahn gahrd; French ahn gard]
noun Fencing.
(used as the call to the fencers by the director of a match to assume the prescribed position preparatory to action.)

Origin:
< French: on guard

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en garde (ɑ̃ ɡard)
 
interj
1.  on guard; a call to a fencer to adopt a defensive stance in readiness for an attack or bout
 
adj
2.  (of a fencer) in such a stance

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