off guard


off guard
adjective
not prepared or vigilant (Freq. 2)
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the blow caught him napping

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caught in an off-guard moment

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found him off his guard

Similar to: ↑unready

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unprepared for some surprise or difficulty

the government was caught off guard by the unexpected announcement

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off guard
: in an unprepared state : not ready

They've been bluffing, trying to keep him off guard.

Her angry response caught me off guard. [=surprised me]

We were thrown off guard [=surprised] by their early arrival.

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Main Entry:guard

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • off-guard — (ôfʹgärdʹ, ŏfʹ ) adj. Off one s guard; unprepared: a quiz that caught the class off guard. * * * …   Universalium

  • off-guard — adj [not before noun] catch/take sb off guard to surprise someone by happening when they are not expecting something or prepared for it ▪ The sudden snow storm caught us all off guard …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • off-guard — adjective surprised by something unexpected: catch someone off guard: The questions caught her completely off guard …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • off guard — index heedless, negligent, unaware, unsuspecting Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • off-guard — [adj] unprepared asleep, asleep on the job*, daydreaming, flat footed*, inattentive, napping, spaced out*, unalert, unready, unsuspecting, unvigilant, unwatchful, zoned out*; concepts 403,542 …   New thesaurus

  • off-guard — adjective not prepared or vigilant the blow caught him napping caught in an off guard moment found him off his guard • Syn: ↑napping, ↑off guard, ↑off one s guard, ↑off his guard, ↑off her guard …   Useful english dictionary

  • off guard — {adj.} In a careless attitude; not alert to coming danger; not watching. * /In the second that the boxer was off guard, his opponent landed a knockout punch./ * /Timmy s question caught Jean off guard, and she told him the secret before she knew… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off guard — {adj.} In a careless attitude; not alert to coming danger; not watching. * /In the second that the boxer was off guard, his opponent landed a knockout punch./ * /Timmy s question caught Jean off guard, and she told him the secret before she knew… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off\ guard — adj In a careless attitude; not alert to coming danger; not watching. In the second that the boxer was off guard, his opponent landed a knockout punch. Timmy s question caught Jean off guard, and she told him the secret before she knew it.… …   Словарь американских идиом