rearguard action Meaning in Cambridge English Dictionary
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rearguard actionnoun [C or U]

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a final attempt to prevent something from happening: The unions were determined to fight a rearguard action against the government's plans to strip them of their powers.
Translations of “rearguard action”
in Chinese (Traditional) 最後一搏, 頑抗到底, 竭盡全力…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最后一搏, 顽抗到底, 竭尽全力…
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