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Horse Guards

noun, (used with a plural verb)
a body of cavalry serving as a guard.
a cavalry brigade from the household troops of the British monarch.
Origin of Horse Guards

horse guard

a black and yellow sand wasp, Bembix carolina, of the southern U.S., preying on flies that gather around horses and cattle.
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Immediately after the outbreak of war I found him hurrying through the Horse Guards in a staff captain's uniform.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • Prythee, what have the Horse Guards Blue to do with the laws of chemistry?

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I was in the King's Horse Guards, which consisted mostly of the nobility.

    A Book of Quaker Saints Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  • In a quarter of an hour they were at the entrance to the Horse Guards.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • So he took him one morning to the Horse Guards, and introduced him to the commander-in-chief, who promised him a commission.

  • With some difficulty the gates of the Horse Guards were shut against them.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • I fancy they pass some sort of medical examination at the Horse Guards, but, of course, in this case it would be impossible.

    With Moore at Corunna G. A. Henty
  • The Horse Guards were galloping, but still holding in their horses.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • It is said that couriers awaited his arrival at all the home ports to offer him the choice of the Ordnance or the Horse Guards.

  • This was the brilliant charge of the Horse Guards that amazed the French themselves.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for Horse Guards

Horse Guards

plural noun
the cavalry regiment that, together with the Life Guards, comprises the cavalry part of the British sovereign's Household Brigade
their headquarters in Whitehall, London: also the headquarters of the British Army
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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