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.
See also: down, guard, let
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Sociologists have noted three main elements for new friendships: close proximity, repeated communication, and a social context that encourages people to let down their guard.
That does not mean, however, that our regulatory authorities should let down their guard,' Dominguez said in a speech delivered in Yokohama, Japan, during the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank.
The rut is the the one time when normally secretive monster bucks let down their guard, and they are especially vulnerable when there is a single hot doe in the area.
All of these things encourage people to let down their guard.
But research by Ernst & Young and the McKinsey Global Institute suggests that companies operating in the region shouldn't let down their guard.
When two of the racist scumbags who stabbed their son to death were finally sentenced last week, the Lawrences finally let down their guard with a ferociously honest account of their grief.
Those kids, so many of them hostile and cynical at the start, or pretending to be, refusing to let down their guard, we saw them blossom.
The First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) once again urged the public to be cautious as fraudsters are very active at this time of the year, hoping to cash in on people's hard earned bonuses, possible fatigue and year-end anticipation where people let down their guard.
Authorities are unlikely to let down their guard any time soon, she said, because "they know that these kinds of little tips could easily be a real threat".
The parents don't let down their guard, they just widen it.
We would say not for anyone to let down their guard because we might be living through a few weeks or months in the Northern Hemisphere of reduced influenza activity because it is the summer.
Online fraud detection agency Retail Decisions said criminals believed website controllers let down their guard on Christmas Day.
We often see that when a storm weakens, people let down their guard completely.