lower (one's) guard

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lower (one's) guard

To become less guarded or vigilant; to stop being cautious about potential trouble or danger. We'll wait long enough for them to lower their guard before we launch our invasion. There will always be people in this business looking to exploit you, so you can never lower your guard.
See also: guard, lower

lower your guard

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drop your guard

COMMON If you lower your guard or drop your guard, you stop taking actions to protect yourself against trouble and you start to relax, often with bad consequences. Note: Your guard is the position that you get in when you are ready to defend yourself in sports such as boxing or fencing. The soldiers had made the mistake of lowering their guard at the precise moment when they should have been most alert. I don't like to drop my guard when I'm with my colleagues, even if I'm socializing with them. Note: You can also say that you let your guard down or let down your guard with the same meaning. Many men work in extremely competitive environments where letting down their guard could leave them vulnerable.
See also: guard, lower
References in classic literature ?
Louis at four in the afternoon, and she stood on the lower guard abaft the paddle box and watched Tom through a blur of tears until he melted into the throng of people and disappeared; then she looked no more, but sat there on a coil of cable crying till far into the night.
JAPAN MUSTN'T LOWER GUARD ON YEN RISE (The Daily Yomiuri as translated from The Yomiuri Shimbun's editorial published Nov.
The central test plate is enclosed with protective ring and lower guard so that the test can be performed without lateral heat loss.
He added that "there was no connect between the lower guard rail and the ply packing pieces" supporting it, meaning the "only restraint offered to the base was friction" and "the failure of the supporting scaffold guard rail was foreseeable", he said.
An anti-snag lower guard enables the saw to progress smoothly, even through thinner materials where other guard styles tend to bind.
Tenders are invited for Bolt Hex Head 3/8 - 16 X 7/8 Upper Guard To Lower Guard Mounting To Emd Part No 180121.
We're excited to showcase the tool's new HydroLock System(TM), which features an innovative upper and lower guard design that keeps water contained near the blade.
Hazard: The lower guard can break and contact the blade during use, posing a laceration hazard to users.
Additional features include a professional 20 Amp AC-DC switch, patented anti-snag lower guard, rear view depth adjustment, stamped steel foot plate, spindle lock and eight foot cord.
Hazard: The lower guard on these saws could stick in the open position, posing a risk of severe lacerations to consumers.
Making the safest cut -- Check the lower guard to make sure it operates smoothly and closes crisply every time to protect you from the spinning saw blade.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of malfunctioning lower guards, including one amputation.
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