Definition of palace guard
1 : a body of men stationed to protect a castle or its occupants
2 : a king's, president's, or other chief executive's inner circle of intimates and advisers complained that a palace guard —made up of men never elected to serve—is running the government — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union
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