guard against


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guard against

verb be on the vigil for, be there for, champion, defend, insulate, look out for, overlook, oversee, preserve, protect, safeguard, secure, shield, stand by the side of, stand guard over, superintend, take care of, take measures for, take steps for, watch over
Associated concepts: guard against crime, guard against fraud
See also: anticipate, expect
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There, then, with uplifted forefinger, he first put me on my guard against a considerable number of heresies, to which I had no temptation, and urged upon me to be instant in my prayers and reading of the Bible.
I didn't know how to be on guard against myself, either.
Meantime, the crew driven from the forward part of the ship by the perilous seas that burstingly broke over its bows, stood in a line along the bulwarks in the waist; and the better to guard against the leaping waves, each man had slipped himself into a sort of bowline secured to the rail, in which he swung as in a loosened belt.
Bitter were the tears she shed, while her husband sought in vain to soothe her with words of comfort and counsel, warning her, above all things, never to leave the castle, to hold no intercourse with strangers, to beware of evil counsellors, and especially to be on her guard against strange women.
The ease with which he had knocked it to pieces disconcerted him somewhat, and to guard against that danger he set to work again, fixing bars of iron on the inside until he was satisfied with its strength; and then, not caring to try any more experiments with it, he passed it and adopted it as a helmet of the most perfect construction.
In the course of the preceding observations, I have had an eye, my fellow-citizens, to putting you upon your guard against all attempts, from whatever quarter, to influence your decision in a matter of the utmost moment to your welfare, by any impressions other than those which may result from the evidence of truth.
It behooved him, also, to keep his party together, to guard against any predatory attack upon the main body; he continued on his way, therefore, without dividing his forces.
The little boy accompanied the words with a sharp kick on Philip's shin, which Philip did not expect and thus could not guard against.
That is very rare, I hope," said Lady Chettam, in a tone intended to guard against such events.
Alban was on his guard against himself, knowing how he disliked her.
He would not answer at first, but on learning that I was English, he explained that it was a charm or guard against the evil eye.
White Fang walked stiff-legged up the steps and across the porch, with tail rigidly erect, keeping his eyes on Dick to guard against a flank attack, and at the same time prepared for whatever fierce manifestation of the unknown that might pounce out upon him from the interior of the house.