Meaning of “rearguard” in the English Dictionary

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"rearguard" in British English

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rearguardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈrɪə.ɡɑːd/ us /ˈrɪr.ɡɑːrd/

the people who are the last in a row or group, especially in a military situation

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