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rearguard actionnoun [C]

(also rear-guard action,  us   /ˈrɪərˈɡɑrd ˌæk·ʃən/ )  us   /ˈrɪərˈɡɑrd ˌæk·ʃən/
an ​effort to do something ​effective or get an ​advantage after the ​maineffort has ​failed: Supporters ​trying to ​keep the ​museumopen are ​fighting a rear-guard action.
(Definition of rearguard action from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “rearguard action”
in Chinese (Simplified) 最后一搏, 顽抗到底, 竭尽全力…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最後一搏, 頑抗到底, 竭盡全力…
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