the old guard


: the usually older members of an organization (such as a political party) who do not want or like change
She's not popular with the old guard.
(US) The old guard is stronger than ever.
(British) The old guard are stronger than ever.

Examples of the old guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Popular on Variety The two join the movement of young American Jews battling the old guard over Israel’s centrality in American Judaism and demanding freedom for the Palestinian people. Alex Ritman, Variety, 10 May 2024 Growing a young consumer base However, there is a pocket of young people who share the old guard’s interest in watches. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2024 As a new generation has replaced the old guard, the game has become more welcoming — and that includes to fashion choices, or a lack thereof. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 23 Mar. 2024 Y’all know Tom Izzo of Michigan State, one of the last few remaining of the old guard coaches in college basketball. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 22 Mar. 2024 The mismatched pair is asked to eliminate top members of a competing crime syndicate and, in the process, uncover their employer’s true motive: removing the old guard in a full takeover. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 12 Mar. 2024 The clubhouse model has also found traction with the old guard. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2024 Surely the flourishing entrepreneurial culture of the West Coast could succeed where the old guard had failed. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, 20 Jan. 2024 As some of the old guard reaches the later points of their careers, viewers can watch as the new generation fights to make their way to the top. USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2024

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“The old guard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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