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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 (one's) guard

Not alert; unprepared.
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India's 1998 nuclear test caught America completely off guard. Indeed, the State Department learned of the test from CNN, and the CIA learned about it from the State Department.
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We periodically encounter unexpected and unpleasant circumstances in life that catch us off guard: a flat tire, a broken tooth, flooding in our home during a rain, a death in the family.
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The theories fall into two categories: the attack was a brilliant piece of offensive planning complemented by a fair share of luck and unprepared American forces; or the current thinking which says that although caught off guard, the Americans had ample warnings right up until the first Japanese bomb hit its target just before 0800 but ignored the signals and suffered the consequences.
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