the old guard

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

old play
  1. : dating from the remote past : ancient

  2. : persisting from an earlier time

  3. : of long standing

  1. : one of a specified age

  2. : old or earlier time

guard play
  1. : one assigned to protect or oversee another: such as

  2. : a person or a body of persons on sentinel duty

  3. : troops attached to the person of the sovereign

  1. : to protect an edge of with an ornamental border

  2. : to protect from danger especially by watchful attention : make secure

  3. : to stand at the entrance of as if on guard or as a barrier


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