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guardia 1

sustantivo femenino

  • 1 1.1 (vigilancia) estar de guardia (soldado)
    to be on guard duty
    (médico)
    to be on duty o call
    (empleado)
    to be on duty
    (marino)
    to be on watch
    la farmacia de guardia
    the duty pharmacy o (inglés británico) chemist
    montaban guardia frente al palacio
    they were standing guard in front of the palace
    bajar la guardia
    (en boxeo) to lower one's guard
    (descuidarse) to lower one's guard
    (ceder) to let up
    slacken in one's efforts
    con la guardia baja
    with one's guard down
    estar en guardia
    to be on one's guard
    hacerle la guardia a alguien (Cono Sur)
    to keep a lookout o an eye out for somebody
    poner a alguien/ponerse en guardia, me puso en guardia contra los peligros de la expedición
    she warned me of the dangers of the expedition
    se han puesto en guardia contra posibles fraudes
    they are on the alert o on their guard against possible frauds
    1.2
    (turno de vigilancia de un médico) shift
    prestar or hacer guardia (soldado)
    to do guard duty
    (marino)
    to be on watch
    (médico)
    to be on duty o call
    1.3 (en esgrima) en guardia
    on guard
    en garde

Cultural Note: Guardia Civil

A rural paramilitary police force founded in Spain in 1844. It has been used by different governments to fight against organized labor, republicanism, and regional autonomy, and came to be seen as an instrument of state repression. The Civil Guard has adapted to the new democratic Spain and is involved in anti-terrrorist operations, the coastguard service and environmental protection. Civil guards are armed and traditionally have had a distinctive uniform, including the tricornio, a black patent leather, three-cornered hat. In an effort to change its image, the tricornio is now worn only on ceremonial occasions or in front of official buildings.
Example sentences
  • Una docena de guardias nacionales vigilan la clínica, armados de fusiles FAL de fabricación belga.
  • Esta vez la guardia nacional abrió fuego contra la multitud.
  • Contamos con guardias, porteros privados y circuito cerrado de televisión.

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guardia 2

sustantivo masculino y femenino

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