Rear-guard



noun
1.
a part of an army or military force detached from the main body to bring up and guard the rear from surprise attack, especially in a retreat.
[reer-gahrd] /ˈrɪərˌgɑrd/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a rear guard.
2.
designed to oppose or prevent in a defensive way:
a rearguard strategy.
/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

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