have/keep one's guard up

Definition of have/keep one's guard up

  1. :  to be careful and alert He always has/keeps his guard up during negotiations.

Word by Word Definitions

keepplay
  1. :  to retain in one's possession or power

    :  to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

    :  to have in control

  1. :  the means or provisions by which one is kept

    :  one that keeps or protects: such as

    :  fortress, castle

guardplay
  1. :  one assigned to protect or oversee another: such as

    :  a person or a body of persons on sentinel duty

    :  troops attached to the person of the sovereign

  1. :  to protect an edge of with an ornamental border

    :  to protect from danger especially by watchful attention :  make secure

    :  to stand at the entrance of as if on guard or as a barrier

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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