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fight a rearguard action

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfight a rearguard actionfight a rearguard actiona) STOP something THAT IS HAPPENINGto make a determined effort to prevent a change that you think is bad, although it seems too late to stop it They have been fighting a rearguard action to stop a supermarket being built on the land. b) PMif an army fights a rearguard action, it defends itself at the back against an enemy that is chasing it rearguard
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fight a rearguard actionA rearguard action is being fought against the sale of the land for business development.With their captain and inspiration, Roy Aitken, suspended, Saints seemed to have come prepared to fight a rearguard action.
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