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.
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lower your guard


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.
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lower (or drop or let down) your guard

1 relax your defensive posture, leaving yourself vulnerable to attack. 2 reduce your level of vigilance or caution.
This is an expression connected in its literal sense with boxing, as is its opposite raise your guard meaning ‘adopt a defensive posture’.
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The Jazira contest should - on paper - be easy work for a team of Real's stature but with the hosts having a shrewd tactician in Dutchman Henk Ten Cate as manager, the visitors can't afford to lower their guard at any moment.
The US military is advising shipping companies and ensuring they stick to security guidelines and do not lower their guard, he said.
One of the apes is seen using deception to make two men lower their guard and later kill them.
With each team scheduled to play four more matches and only four points separating the top two sides, Amotta is well aware that things could get complicated for Al Sadd if they lower their guard at this stage of the tournament.
Debates with multiple candidates make it easier for candidates to occasionally lower their guard while attention is on others, Schroeder said.
I pose as a bigot and people quite often lower their guard to expose their own prejudice.
The apex health body's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) in Cairo, Egypt, has also urged countries in the region not to lower their guard against swine flu at any point of time.
On the other hand, industrial producers based in Europe refuse to lower their guard against ever fiercer competition from Asia.
Third, and to some this may seem sneaky and underhanded, was that the buyers would often lower their guard and engage in a bit of table talk amongst themselves, thus giving us some strong indicators of how the negotiations were going.
This is partly because people tend to lower their guard when presented with material marketed as entertaining or aesthetically satisfying, rather than informative.
She urged delegates not to lower their guard and said measures to clamp down on illegal meat imports were in hand.
Best cautioned, doesn't mean pediatricians should lower their guard.
In Tuesday's briefing on Ouchi's condition, doctors said that although Ouchi is conscious, they cannot lower their guard because excess fluid is continuing to accumulate in his lungs as a result of dehydration -- a side effect of radiation poisoning.
Second, "treatment optimism" is causing people to lower their guard.
The negotiation team accomplishes this by setting up deliveries in a predictable pattern for subsequent tactical exploitation, making concessions that cause subjects to lower their guard, occupying subjects on the phone during the assault (thus specifically locating them), identifying the leader or most violent subject for tactical focus, getting subjects to vacate the stronghold and thereby become more accessible to tactical action, and explaining away any tactical movements seen or heard by the subject.