old guard

noun, often capitalized O&G

Definition of old guard

1 : the conservative and especially older members of an organization (such as a political party)
2 : a group of established prestige and influence

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But many of Wow's issues stemmed from its relative youth compared to the industry's old guard. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 The old guard is stepping in saying, who, slow down. Don't try this at home. Fox News, "Mainstream media hysterics over Helsinki meeting," 18 July 2018 The neighborhood of Sea Cliff is miles away from the tidy facades of Pacific Heights, where the city’s old guard of Gettys and Trainas mixes with tech czars (Jony Ive, Larry Ellison) and political luminaries (Dianne Feinstein, Pelosi). Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 We’re right now at a cross section of old and new where the old guard, who is used to doing things a certain way, is slowly being phased out. Bridget Read, Vogue, "How Dan Levy Made the Funniest Show on TV," 16 Jan. 2019 The old guard went home early; another failed challenge for World Cup titles by Portugal and Argentina. Rob Harris, Fox News, "No refuge from politics but France victory a fitting climax," 15 July 2018 But Washington doesn’t seem to reward anymore the kind of pragmatism that Lamar Alexander and others in the old guard specialize in. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Lamar Alexander, pillar of Washington’s old guard, is retiring from the Senate," 17 Dec. 2018 So far, however, the trade dispute has played into the hands of the old guard. Weijian Shan, WSJ, "Both Sides Can Win the Trade War," 13 Aug. 2018 Moreover, despite his vehement opposition to the establishment, López Obrador has softened his tone, courting a wide spectrum of support from business leaders, trade unionists and the political old guard. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Mexico’s presidential frontrunner is promising a revolution. Can he deliver?," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of old guard

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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