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guard sb. (other S. uses than those below are: ‘protection, defence,’ ‘posture of defence,’ ‘watch,’ ‘protector, defender’)
1. keeping, guardianship, custody Err. V. i. 149 “He broke from those that had the of him,” Mer.V. I. iii. 176 “in the fearful Of an unthrifty knave,” Cor. I. x. 25 (‘under the protection of my brother’), Lr. V. iii. 1, 48, Ant. V. ii. 67 “I'll take her to my ”
2. “at a ,” on his defence Meas. I. iii. 51; “out of” one's “,” unprepared Tw.N. I. v. 92.
3. pl. caution Compl. 298 “Shook off my sober guards.”
4. border or trimming on a garment Meas. III. i. 95, Ado I. i. 297 [289] “the g-s are but slightly basted” “on,” 1H4 III. i. 260 “velvet g-s” ; fig. LLL. IV. iii. 58 “rimes are g-s on wanton Cupid's hose” : with play on the meaning ‘defence’ 2H4 I. i. 148.
5. pl. the stars β and γ of the constellation of the Lesser Bear, Oth. II. i. 15 “the g-s of the ever-fixed pole.”
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