rearguard

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rearguard /ˈriɚˌgɑɚd/ adjective
rearguard
/ˈriɚˌgɑɚd/
adjective
Learner's definition of REARGUARD
always used before a noun
: fought or conducted by a group of soldiers at the rear of an army especially during a retreat
often used figuratively to describe an effort or fight to change or stop something that is very close to happening or being done
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