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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrearguardrear‧guard /ˈrɪəɡɑːd $ ˈrɪrɡɑːrd/ noun  1 fight a rearguard action2 [singular] the group of soldiers who defend the back of an army against an enemy that is chasing it
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rearguardWith their captain and inspiration, Roy Aitken, suspended, Saints seemed to have come prepared to fight a rearguard action.Let us try a rearguard action to confine its scope to peripheral cases.From an Arsenal rearguard action the ball would, seemingly inevitably, reach Alex.The troops remaining in the islands fought a bitter rearguard action.The best that propaganda could do was to emphasise the courage of Leonidas and his rearguard.Oldham's attack had a fruitless afternoon against a Rovers' rearguard in which Kevin Moran was outstanding.They arrived too late to save Praag but did destroy part of the Chaos army's rearguard.On machines however, a tough rearguard action was fought by the employers.
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