rear|guard «RIHR GAHRD», adjective.
designed or carried out to prevent, delay, or evade; diverting or delaying as a defensive measure: »

rearguard tactics. Figurative. In seeking to keep races apart he is fighting a rearguard action against a world trend (Manchester Guardian Weekly).

the part of an army that protects the rear.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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