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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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 The vote is being cast as a fight between the old guard of Zimbabwe's 1970s independence war and a younger generation. Macdonald Dzirutwe, The Christian Science Monitor, "Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa promises fair and open general election," 30 May 2018 Reforms have been speedy, which may have upset EPRDF’s old guardSince taking charge, Ahmed has freed most of Ethiopia’s remaining political prisoners. 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 He, in turn, could be trying to win the people’s support in order to fend off resistance from the party’s old guard and achieve real reform. The Christian Science Monitor, "Is love a winning message for Ethiopia?," 25 June 2018 His victory was considered an upset by many residents in the majority-black Southern stronghold often controlled by the city’s old guard. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Young, Black and Progressive: Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Randall Woodfin Chop It Up in Birmingham, Ala.," 25 May 2018 Even with the parking for residents, some of Little Italy’s old guard aren’t happy as more people move into the area. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Inside Little Italy's apartment rush," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of old guard

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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