Rearguard - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈrɪrɡɑːrd|  American pronunciation of the word rearguard
Brit.  |ˈrɪəɡɑːd|  British pronunciation of the word rearguard

noun

- a detachment assigned to protect the rear of a (retreating) military body

Examples

The army fought a courageous rearguard action.

They have been fighting a rearguard action to stop a supermarket being built on the land.

Word forms

noun
singular: rearguard
plural: rearguards
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