let down (one's) guard

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let down (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 let down their guard before we launch our invasion. There will always be people in this business looking to exploit you, so you can never let down your guard.
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The day that happens we can afford to let down our guard.
We know people are storm weary from Florence, but we must not let down our guard for Michael, Gov.
If we tire and let down our guard, throw up our hands and walk away, we'll make it easier for ATC privatization supporters to bring their bill to a vote.
Nor will we let down our guard against infiltration and cross-border terrorism." Both the sides had issued a joint statement committing to resume the stalled talks between the nuclear powered neighbors to resolve all outstanding issues through talks after Indian Prime Minister Narenrda Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the recently concluded SCO summit held in the Russian city of Ufa.
"We must not let down our guard until the entire region reaches and stays at zero Ebola cases," it said in a statement that stressed the importance of trying to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks before they become epidemics.
But safety, like freedom, demands eternal vigilance, and when we let down our guard, even for just a moment, workers can be injured or killed.
Of course, if we are dishonest about our abilities, we cannot let down our guard or reveal room for growth, and if we do not, we contribute to the fears our students face rather than alleviate them.
One dictionary defines this time of complacency as "self-satisfaction accompanied by unawareness of actual danger or deficiencies." It is in this period of time that we let down our guard and become most vulnerable.
"We absolutely cannot let down our guard," said Monti.
This is also a warning to the travelling public that we must never let down our guard.
"To the rest of the Farc, we are coming after you, we are not going to let down our guard."
As we walk through our spaces daily, we often let down our guard. When we stop paying attention, unsafe conditions develop, and that leads to mishaps.
We may be initially wary, but we eventually let down our guard, leaving ourselves vulnerable.
I think it would be imprudent of us to let down our guard believing that if there's no credible threat that you know of today, there won't be something tomorrow."