home-guard

home guard

noun
a volunteer force used for meeting local emergencies when the regular armed forces are needed elsewhere.

Origin:
1735–45

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Home Guard
 
n
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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