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rear guard

noun \-ˈgärd, -ˌgärd\

: a group of soldiers who are placed at the back of an army and who protect the army from being attacked from behind

Full Definition of REAR GUARD

:  a military detachment detailed to bring up and protect the rear of a main body or force
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Origin of REAR GUARD

Middle French reregarde, from Old French, from rere + garde guard
First Known Use: 1659

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