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1‘the infantry guarded the barricaded bridge’
protect, stand guard over, watch over, look after, keep an eye on, take care of, cover, patrol, police, defend, shield, safeguard, preserve, save, keep safe, secure, screen, shelter
fortify, garrison, barricade
2‘the prisoners were guarded by armed men’
keep under surveillance, keep under guard, keep watch over, mind, supervise, restrain, control
3‘the forest wardens have to guard against poachers’
beware of, keep watch for, be alert to, take care for, keep an eye out for, be on the alert for, be on the qui vive for, be on the lookout for
informal keep one's eyes peeled for, keep one's eyes skinned for
1‘they were caught by border guards’
sentry, sentinel, security guard, nightwatchman
protector, defender, guardian, custodian, keeper
scout, lookout, watch
2‘she slipped easily past her prison guard’
jailer, warder, wardress, warden, prison officer, keeper, incarcerator, captor, sentry
3‘he let his guard slip and they escaped’
vigilance, vigil, watch, close watch, monitoring, policing, surveillance, sentry duty
watchfulness, caution, heed, attention, care, wariness
4‘all machines must be fitted with a guard’
safety guard, safety device, protective device, shield, bulwark, screen, fence, fender, bumper, buffer, cushion, pad
‘he was caught off guard when the man charged towards him’
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
‘police are urging horse owners to be on their guard’
vigilant, alert, on the alert, wary, watchful, cautious, careful, heedful, chary, circumspect, on the lookout, on the qui vive, on one's toes, prepared, ready, wideawake, attentive, observant, keeping one's eyes peeled
all ears, beady-eyed, on the ball, not missing a trick, keeping a weather eye on things, cagey, leery
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