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!
See also: guard, off
References in classic literature ?
If he says peace it is to deceive; he comes to us as a brother; he smokes his pipe with us; but when he sees us weak, and off our guard, he will slay and steal.
We are thrown off our guard by the general agitation of our feelings, and betray the intensity of those, which, at more tranquil periods, our prudence at least conceals, if it cannot altogether suppress them.
I don't see that Hizbullah's interests lie in escalating the situation, but that doesn't mean that we will be off our guard if they do escalate.
If we're off our guard, they are good enough to make it very difficult for us.
That kind of talk is just an attempt to put us off our guard.