Meaning of “the old guard” in the English Dictionary

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"the old guard" in British English

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the old guardnoun [ S, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˌəʊld ˈɡɑːd/ us /ˌoʊld ˈɡɑːrd/ disapproving

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.

(Definition of “the old guard” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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