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English definition of “the old guard”

the old guard

noun [S, + sing/pl verb] uk   disapproving us  
those people in an organization or society who oppose change and whose beliefs and ideas belong to a period in the past: Radical reform was, of course, opposed by the old guard.Societies, clubs and organizations
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