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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The minister even drops his guard and lapses into English.’
- ‘He was happy to take any questions, but refused some and never entirely dropped his guard.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Stalemated, with the both of them pointing their weapons at each other, Ian couldn't afford to drop his guard.’
- ‘That does not mean, of course, we can drop our guard or fail to take every measure necessary to protect the public.’
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