the old guard


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the old guard

The established, longtime members of a country, organization, or ideological position, who are resistant to any change within that arena. There are a lot of good ideas being proposed, but the old guard of the party have resisted their adoption.
See also: guard, old

the old guard

COMMON If you call a group of people the old guard, you mean they have worked in an organization for a very long time. 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 reforms were fiercely opposed by many in the ruling party's old guard. The company's old guard is at last stepping aside, making way for a new, more youthful team. Note: You often use this expression to show that you disapprove of such people because they are unwilling to accept new ideas or practices. Note: The original `Old Guard' consisted of the most experienced regiments of Napoleon Bonaparte's Imperial Guard. These soldiers were considered to be the best in the French army.
See also: guard, old

the ˌold ˈguard

the original or older members of a group or an organization, who are often against change but whose ideas and ways of working are being replaced: The old guard in European politics is being challenged by fresh new ideas.
See also: guard, old
References in classic literature ?
A regiment of the Old Guard, reviewed on a summer's day in the Champs Elysees, could not have made a more critically correct appearance.
Billy Murphy, and Joe Lloyd, and all the survivors of the old guard, got around me and their arms around me.
Tom showed such undisguised and open-mouthed interest in his narrations that the old guard rubbed up his memory, and launched out into a graphic history of all the performances of the boys on the roads for the last twenty years.
So James went to Harrow House with much the same emotions that the Old Guard must have felt on their way up the hill at Waterloo.
Daylight's one of the old guard, one of the real sour-doughs.
Vail arrived very much as Blucher did at the battle of Waterloo--a trifle late, but in time to prevent the telephone forces from being routed by the Old Guard of the Western Union.
One thing is certain, the old guard will fight tooth and nail to hang on to their little bit of self-delusion.
Sentries of the Old Guard rejoin and the Junior Commissioned Officers return to their posts.
I think calling them the old guard, especially in light of what they have done for the club, is a bit wrong as well.
By the end of a two-or three-year tour in The Old Guard, it's not uncommon for a Soldier to have performed 100 or more funerals for servicemembers, from veterans of World War II and Korea to young Soldiers killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sonia wants change, but the old guard groups together to resist it.
At least the old guard was independent to a great extent.
Regretfully, the old guard and students of its school exhaust capacities and resources of the nation under the allegation of their being senior, more understandable and more capable of getting things done.
The old guard now hide behind two young hardliners: Maher, Bashar's young brother who until April 2005 used to control a Syrian-Lebanese "mafia" which practically drained the economic resources of both Syria and Lebanon; and Asef Shawkat, the husband of their only sister, who remains loyal to Rif'at al-Assad, the uncle of the president who has been barred from Syria since he staged an attempted coup against his younger brother, Gen.
What we are seeing is a battle between the old guard and new guard", the official said.