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 for To run the guard
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Guard \Guard\, n. [OF. guarde, F. garde; of German origin; cf.
     OHG. wart, warto, one who watches, warta a watching, Goth.
     wardja watchman. See Guard, v. t.]
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     1. One who, or that which, guards from injury, danger,
        exposure, or attack; defense; protection.
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              His greatness was no guard to bar heaven's shaft.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. A man, or body of men, stationed to protect or control a
        person or position; a watch; a sentinel.
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              The guard which kept the door of the king's house.
                                                    --Kings xiv.
                                                    27.
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     3. One who has charge of a mail coach or a railway train; a
        conductor. [Eng.]
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     4. Any fixture or attachment designed to protect or secure
        against injury, soiling, or defacement, theft or loss; as:
        (a) That part of a sword hilt which protects the hand.
        (b) Ornamental lace or hem protecting the edge of a
            garment.
        (c) A chain or cord for fastening a watch to one's person
            or dress.
        (d) A fence or rail to prevent falling from the deck of a
            vessel.
        (e) An extension of the deck of a vessel beyond the hull;
            esp., in side-wheel steam vessels, the framework of
            strong timbers, which curves out on each side beyond
            the paddle wheel, and protects it and the shaft
            against collision.
        (f) A plate of metal, beneath the stock, or the lock
            frame, of a gun or pistol, having a loop, called a
            bow, to protect the trigger.
        (g) (Bookbinding) An interleaved strip at the back, as in
            a scrap book, to guard against its breaking when
            filled.
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     5. A posture of defense in fencing, and in bayonet and saber
        exercise.
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     6. An expression or admission intended to secure against
        objections or censure.
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              They have expressed themselves with as few guards
              and restrictions as I.                --Atterbury.
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     7. Watch; heed; care; attention; as, to keep guard.
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     8. (Zool.) The fibrous sheath which covers the phragmacone of
        the Belemnites.
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     Note: Guard is often used adjectively or in combination; as,
           guard boat or guardboat; guardroom or guard room; guard
           duty.
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     Advanced guard, Coast guard, etc. See under Advanced,
        Coast, etc.
  
     Grand guard (Mil.), one of the posts of the second line
        belonging to a system of advance posts of an army.
        --Mahan.
  
     Guard boat.
        (a) A boat appointed to row the rounds among ships of war
            in a harbor, to see that their officers keep a good
            lookout.
        (b) A boat used by harbor authorities to enforce the
            observance of quarantine regulations.
  
     Guard cells (Bot.), the bordering cells of stomates; they
        are crescent-shaped and contain chlorophyll.
  
     Guard chamber, a guardroom.
  
     Guard detail (Mil.), men from a company regiment etc.,
        detailed for guard duty.
  
     Guard duty (Mil.), the duty of watching patrolling, etc.,
        performed by a sentinel or sentinels.
  
     Guard lock (Engin.), a tide lock at the mouth of a dock or
        basin.
  
     Guard of honor (Mil.), a guard appointed to receive or to
        accompany eminent persons.
  
     Guard rail (Railroads), a rail placed on the inside of a
        main rail, on bridges, at switches, etc., as a safeguard
        against derailment.
  
     Guard ship, a war vessel appointed to superintend the
        marine affairs in a harbor, and also, in the English
        service, to receive seamen till they can be distributed
        among their respective ships.
  
     Life guard (Mil.), a body of select troops attending the
        person of a prince or high officer.
  
     Off one's guard, in a careless state; inattentive;
        unsuspicious of danger.
  
     On guard, serving in the capacity of a guard; doing duty as
        a guard or sentinel; watching.
  
     On one's guard, in a watchful state; alert; vigilant.
  
     To mount guard (Mil.), to go on duty as a guard or
        sentinel.
  
     To run the guard, to pass the watch or sentinel without
        leave.
  
     Syn: Defense; shield; protection; safeguard; convoy; escort;
          care; attention; watch; heed.
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