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English definition of “drop/lower your guard”

drop/lower your guard

C2 to stop being careful to avoid danger or difficulty: Once he knew I wasn't a journalist, he dropped his guard and even let me take a photograph of him.Not paying attentionTreating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoring
(Definition of drop/lower your guard from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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