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rearguard

[reer-gahrd] /ˈrɪərˌgɑrd/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a rear guard.
2.
designed to oppose or prevent in a defensive way:
a rearguard strategy.
Also, rear-guard.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; attributive use of rear guard
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  • The advocates of continuity have been pursuing a rearguard action ever since.
  • Opponents of divorce have fought a successful rearguard action against change.
  • The porters are fighting a rearguard action against change.
  • They had an immense distance still to travel, and the rearguard had not yet even left its distant barracks.
British Dictionary definitions for rearguard

rearguard

/ˈrɪəˌɡɑːd/
noun
1.
a detachment detailed to protect the rear of a military formation, esp in retreat
2.
an entrenched or conservative element, as in a political party
3.
rearguard action
  1. an action fought by a rearguard
  2. a defensive action undertaken to try to stop something happening or continuing
Word Origin
C15: from Old French rereguarde (modern French arrière-garde), from rer, from Latin retro back + guardeguard; compare vanguard
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