advance guard

a) a unit or units leading the way of advancing or marching troops, guarding them from ambushes, reconnoitering and pursuing the enemy, etc.
b) an individual soldier in the same role.

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  • advance guard — index precursor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • advance guard — n. a detachment of troops sent ahead to reconnoiter and protect the line of march …   English World dictionary

  • advance guard — noun 1. : a detachment usually divided into point, advance party, support, and reserve preceding a body of troops on the march to protect it and secure its uninterrupted advance 2. : avant garde • advance guardist noun * * * adˈvance guard 7 [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • advance guard — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms advance guard : singular advance guard plural advance guards a small group of people, especially soldiers, that is sent to a place before other people to start the work that needs to be done there …   English dictionary

  • advance guard — Synonyms and related words: airhead, armed guard, avant garde, bank guard, battle line, beachhead, bridgehead, coast guard, cordon, cordon sanitaire, farthest outpost, first line, forefront, front, front line, front rank, front runner, garrison,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • advance guard — Detachment sent ahead of the main force to ensure its uninterrupted advance; to protect the main body against surprise; to facilitate the advance by removing obstacles and repairing roads and bridges; and to cover the deployment of the main body… …   Military dictionary

  • advance guard — /ədˈvæns gad/ (say uhd vans gahd) noun a body of troops going before the main force to clear the way, guard against surprise, etc. Also, advanced guard …   Australian English dictionary

  • advance guard — a body of troops going before the main force to clear the way, guard against surprise, etc. [1750 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • advance guard — ad,vance guard noun count a small group of people, especially soldiers, that is sent to a place before other people to start the work that needs to be done there …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • advance guard — body of troops sent ahead of the others to provide protection …   English contemporary dictionary

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