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home guard

noun
1.
a volunteer force used for meeting local emergencies when the regular armed forces are needed elsewhere.
Origin of home guard
1735-1745
1735-45
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  • For the purpose of keeping these raiders away and defending the women and children, a home guard was organized.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • A home guard has been organized, which is to be armed and patrol the streets at night.

    Beyond the Marne Henriette Cuvru-Magot
  • The old gentlemen were both members of the home guard, and drilled assiduously every evening.

    The Civil War in America William Howard Russell
  • I have not served in the Confederate army or navy, or even been a member of a home guard.

    Stand By The Union Oliver Optic
  • What a first-rate kitchen police in a home guard outfit that bimbo would make!

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • The home guard was called out, and the women and children ran about seeking places of safety.

    Campfire and Battlefield Rossiter Johnson
  • Our men waved their knob-kerries, assegais, and shields in the air, and Labotsibeni's home guard did the same.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • The already existing democratic club was rapidly organized into the nucleus of a home guard, and recruited in numbers.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Strangers had to give an account of themselves to the home guard now.

    The Price of the Prairie Margaret Hill McCarter
  • In less than an hour the home guard was out in force on the town green, with Jack in command.

    Young Captain Jack Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
British Dictionary definitions for home guard

Home Guard

noun
1.
a volunteer part-time military force recruited for the defence of the United Kingdom in World War II
2.
(in various countries) a civil defence and reserve militia organization
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Slang definitions & phrases for home guard

home guard

noun

A resident of a place; native; local (1900s+ Circus & hoboes)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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