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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a rear guard.
  • adj. Of or relating to economic, political, or social resistance: mounting a rear-guard effort to prevent tax increases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, or relating to a rearguard
  • adj. of, or relating to resistance in politics etc

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Part of an army detached during a march for the protection of the rear, especially in retreating when the attacks of a pursuing enemy are feared.

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