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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While some old guard members clubs live on as do a couple of traditional co-working spaces, there is nothing filling the gap for those who want to work and indulge off-duty. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Inside Maison, a New Club for Women Coming to the Upper East Side," 13 Dec. 2018 Portland fans buzzed with excitement shortly after noon Saturday when Anfernee Simons, a baby-faced 19-year-old guard, touched the ball for the first time as a Trail Blazer. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Casper Ware continues to strive to make it in NBA," 9 July 2018 Members of its old guard formed a rival movement, Free and Equal (LeU), last year. The Economist, "Problems forming a government in Italy," 15 Mar. 2018 Big Tobacco is the old guard in the nicotine addiction market. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Juul’s nicotine salts are dominating the market — and other companies want in," 21 Nov. 2018 But Pelosi’s long tenure has also led some younger candidates in largely Democratic districts, seeing Pelosi as emblematic of the party’s old guard, to refrain from endorsing her. Matthew Green, Vox, "What Pelosi’s defenders miss," 29 Oct. 2018 Observers expect to see old guard elites purged from the governing coalition and Ahmed’s opponents driven out of the police and military institutions. Yohannes Y. Gedamu, Washington Post, "Did someone try to assassinate Ethiopia’s new prime minister? Here’s what you need to know.," 26 June 2018 The boyish pastor of popular megachurch The Summit, bested longtime, old guard Baptist preacher Ken Hemphill in a 69 to 31 percent vote. Lauren Green, Fox News, "Southern Baptists meet amid controversies as convention gears up for the future," 13 June 2018 Now, ever since that 28 year old socialist in New York, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez beat Democratic incumbent, of course Joe Cowely, Democrat from leadership number four in the party, the party's old guard has been reeling. Fox News, "Nunes tightens screws in his probe into surveillance abuses," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of old guard

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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