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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Following Sunday's crushing 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, there have already been calls for new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to drop many of his young players and call up the old guard. SI.com, "Frank Lampard Must Keep Faith in Chelsea's Emerging Youth - Despite Man Utd Thumping," 13 Aug. 2019 These candidates will use West’s lengthy record of votes to test his progressive credentials, during a time when Democrats across the nation are at odds over whether to back the old guard or follow a newer, more unyielding brand of liberals. Dallas News, "Against fresh faces in race to unseat John Cornyn, Dallas' Royce West says his record sets him apart," 28 July 2019 In fashion terms, that which divided the old guard from the new came down the proportions of their pants. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "This Was the Decade That Hip-Hop Style Got Femme," 18 July 2019 And, as Evercore ISI's Kevin Rippey points out, Spotify and Slack are both high-profile startups disrupting existing business models, unlike old guard iHeart. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "iHeartMedia is Going Public with a Direct Listing—But It’s No Spotify," 17 July 2019 The last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in the concept, attracting new space companies like Stratolaunch, XCOR, and Generation Orbit, as well as old guard contractors like Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747," 10 July 2019 If #MeToo is a way to overthrow the old guard, Little Fresh Meat is a way to appoint new heartthrobs and recast the mold in a non-traditional, less threatening, and far cuddlier image. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, Week of April 5," 5 Apr. 2019 Unfortunately, if pre-season is anything to go by, the old guard may well have been doing better than the current crop. SI.com, "Real Madrid 5-3 Fenerbahce: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Benzema Hat-Trick Secures Goal-Laden Win," 31 July 2019 The old guard will say, ooh la la and the newbies will say, wow! Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "These Maisons at Napa's Auberge du Soleil Will Transport You to Provence," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of old guard

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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