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

Examples of old guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Following its return to power last month, the Taliban this week formed an interim government, announcing a slate of provisional ministers, all male and most from the Taliban’s old guard. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 One fear among the old guard, however, is that wealthy new owners will overdo the restorations, Dana said. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 2 Sep. 2021 European Super League was a craven and desperate effort by soccer’s old guard to save themselves—and to make sure that the same dozen clubs compete for titles every year. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 31 Aug. 2021 But when the political winds shift, Jack sees the value in distancing himself from that old guard before the government distances them permanently. New York Times, 7 July 2021 Its old guard, some of whom used to work in Israel decades ago and can still read Hebrew, are avid consumers of the Israeli press. Matt Gutman, ABC News, 25 May 2021 Take the recent success of Taiwan’s old guard, for example. Taicca, Variety, 5 Sep. 2021 Rondo’s biggest impact came on the sideline, where the 35-year-old guard served as an unofficial assistant coach, bolstering his teammates with pep talks during timeouts. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2021 By the end of the season, however, things end up breaking in Joan’s favor, when a group of professors from the department’s old guard vote out Ji-Yoon, and then, at Ji-Yoon’s suggestion, vote in Joan. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 23 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of old guard

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Sep 2021

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“Old guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20guard. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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