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rearguard action

Line breaks: rear|guard ac¦tion

Definition of rearguard action in English:

noun

A defensive action carried out by a retreating army: the troops remaining in the islands fought a bitter rearguard action figurative women cadets are fighting a rearguard action for their cause
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  • During the 1924 retreat from Chaouen to Tétouan in west Morocco, a disaster even greater than Anual, it fought a month-long rearguard action under Franco.
  • By the first week in January 1945, the German onslaught had been stopped and the Wehrmacht was fighting a desperate rearguard action.
  • After the Glorious Revolution he was made a Jacobite duke, fought at the Boyne, carried on the rearguard action, and died in Limerick just before it was forced to capitulate.

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