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English definition of “the old guard”

the old guard

noun [S, + sing/pl verb]     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 .Societies, clubs and organizations
(Definition of the old guard noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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