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  • n. Alternative spelling of advance guard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Milit., a body of troops or other force marching or stationed in front of the main body to clear the way, guard against surprise, etc.


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  • These regiments set off at a gallop, and in short order broke up the railroad enough to prevent the escape of the trains, Custer meanwhile taking possession of the station, but none too soon, for almost at the moment he did so the advance-guard of Lee's army appeared, bent on securing the trains.

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  • Custer attacked this advance-guard and had a spirited fight, in which he drove the Confederates away from the station, captured twenty-five pieces of artillery, a hospital train, and a large park of wagons, which, in the hope that they would reach Lynchburg next day, were being pushed ahead of Lee's main body.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • Barth's offenses, just in case the students were thinking of buying it, is Giles Goat-Boy, which Gardner tells them is "arch, extravagantly self-indulgent, clumsily allegorical, pedantic, tiresomely and pretentiously advance-guard, and like much of our 'new fiction', puerilely obscene."

    Monsters of Academia (Updated)

  • At eleven o'clock, unobserved but by this official audience, down the Boulevard Waterloo came the advance-guard of the German army.

    Advance into Belgium

  • And often they lit other fires in their rear as well, to deceive the enemy; so that at times the Assyrian scouts actually fell in with the advance-guard, having fancied from the distance of the fires that they were still some way from the encampment.


  • Evidently the Nigerians had seen none of the Karamzili advance-guard that had been streaming northward from the encampment during the night.

    Death Stalks The Ruins

  • General Wingate had assumed full responsibility for the Arab Movement in its darkest moment, at great risk in reputation: dare we ask him to relinquish its advance-guard now on the very threshold of success?

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • The Turks would believe we were the advance-guard of a third raid on Amman, and were more likely to concentrate than to detach troops.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • I wanted Zeid to come forward at once on that authority: but his caution stepped in and he insisted that we wait exact word from his advance-guard, Abdulla.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • Many of these forts had been reduced to ashes; and the boatmen even pointed out the smoke to Michael, rising in the southern horizon, and showing the approach of the Tartar advance-guard.

    Michael Strogoff


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