off (one's) guard

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off (one's) guard

Not being especially careful or vigilant; not prepared for danger or surprises; being careless or inattentive. He's got a lot of tricky moves, so don't be caught off your guard! We'll wait until he's off his guard, and then we'll take him and his company for all they're worth!
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off guard

Temporarily not careful or vigilant; unprepared for danger or surprises. I'll be honest, the question caught me off guard. I should have been more prepared for the interview. If we catch the defense off guard, this could be a big play.
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off guard

Also, off one's guard. Not watchful, easily surprised. It is often put as catch (or be caught) off guard, meaning "take (or be taken) by surprise." For example, The securities analyst was caught off guard by that financial report, or With any luck the boss will be off guard when I come in late. [Late 1600s] The antonym, on guard or on one's guard, meaning "watchful or prepared, especially to defend oneself," was first recorded in 1577. For example, In this crowd we must be on guard against pickpockets, or I'm always on my guard when I'm asked how I voted.
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off your guard

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off guard

If you are off your guard or off guard, you are not taking actions to protect yourself against trouble. Note: Your guard is the position that you get in when you are ready to defend yourself in sports such as boxing or fencing. Miss Marple is not perceived to be a threat in any way. And, therefore, the criminal is off his guard. He was so pleasant over lunch that I was off guard and spoke freely. Compare with on your guard.
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off (one's) guard

Not alert; unprepared.
See also: guard, off
References in classic literature ?
said Mowgli, off his guard for the minute, though that is one of the oldest catches in the Jungle.
He is strong and subtle, but I talked him off his guard.
My son Harry," mumbled Captain Hagberd, off his guard for once.
The pop queen managed to throw the Lebanese singer off his guard when she invited a small group, including Tony Saba himself, to the studio for a special birthday soiree.
Midfielder Pirlo's attempted pass out of defence went straight to Bastian Schweinsteiger who found Alaba and the Austrian's slight deflected shot from distance caught Buffon off his guard and out of position.
Come heat nine the revival began with Michal Makovsky catching Doolan completely off his guard as he passed him off bend two of the opening lap in a 4-2, while the 10th brought the house down courtesy of a stunning race from Andersen.
Britannia were fully aware of the situation and they actually shot from the kick-off, hoping to catch goalkeeper McKinley off his guard.
Cech was caught completely off his guard and earned himself a rebuke from captain John Terry.
THERE is little danger of Jamie Robinson being caught off his guard when the first whistle blows at the Arms Park tomorrow.
Keane turned Laursen inside out before catching Poom off his guard with a shot from the most acute of angles.
Two of them, Higgins and another man, had a mock confrontation, which could have been intended to lull Mr Kettell off his guard, Mr Raggatt added.