Definition of off guard in English:

off guard


  • Unprepared for some surprise or difficulty.

    ‘the government was caught off guard by the unexpected announcement’
    • ‘The sheer size of the dish caught me a little off guard at first, but senses restored, I found the rich pate to be delightful.’
    • ‘I have been dialling his mobile unsuccessfully and am caught off guard when the final try of the day yields an answer.’
    • ‘In its place it revealed a country caught hopelessly off guard and then sold down the river by its own middle class.’
    • ‘In South Korea, the decline has been so precipitous that it caught the government off guard.’
    • ‘If I could catch him off guard it would give me just the edge I needed to send him crying into comic oblivion.’
    • ‘Caught off guard, we had to ask for a little time to look at the drink menu.’
    • ‘The reassuring physical presence of a property is enough to catch many people off guard.’
    • ‘Our first night of performances went out with a loud snap as a quick thunderstorm caught us off guard.’
    • ‘As we have already seen the fire can spread very rapidly and may catch the unwary off guard.’
    • ‘Although he had been caught off guard by the timing, both politicians knew a parting of the ways had been inevitable.’
    unprepared, unready, inattentive, unwary, unwatchful, with one's defences down, by surprise, cold, unsuspecting
    napping, asleep on the job, asleep at the wheel, on the hop
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