One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Abandon one's habitual defensive or protective stance.‘you may feel that because you've been virtuous you can afford to drop your guard’
- ‘Stalemated, with the both of them pointing their weapons at each other, Ian couldn't afford to drop his guard.’
- ‘He was happy to take any questions, but refused some and never entirely dropped his guard.’
- ‘Some accidents, such as drownings and falls, can be caused by people dropping their guard.’
- ‘Police may also have dropped their guard in cross border vigilance.’
- ‘I dropped my guard and I looked at the camera as if it was another person and expressed all the emotions I felt at the time.’
- ‘The minister even drops his guard and lapses into English.’
- ‘That does not mean, of course, we can drop our guard or fail to take every measure necessary to protect the public.’
- ‘Suddenly, after a lively, spirited start, they were hit on the counter-attack then, either side of half-time, dropped their guard and were punished by one of the most lethal finishers in Europe.’
- ‘If we bask in false security and drop our guard, the rot spreads, corrupting the entire society.’
- ‘If you look dejected and say nothing, others have a tendency to drop their guard, confident that they're up against a loser.’
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