guard duty


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guard duty the duty of serving as a sentry "he was on guard that night"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first nation to ally with the USA during the Persian Gulf war was Canada. However, their soldiers were deemed unfit for combat and assigned to guard duty.
    • Guard duty (Mil) the duty of watching patrolling, etc., performed by a sentinel or sentinels.
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  • James A. Froude
    “The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.”


In literature:

Actual guard duty was performed by the secret police.
"The Leader" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins (AKA Murray Leinster)
It was her duty to protect Nan and guard her.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
Before the officer could perform this duty the rear-guard was compelled to retreat on the main body in the most precipitate manner.
"A Little Union Scout" by Joel Chandler Harris
The guard was a big man, with a heavy-duty stunner resting in the crook of his elbow.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
A National Guard on duty admitted the purchasers one by one.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
When his two hours' guard duty came to an end, Dave called Roger, who in turn called Phil.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
"In School and Out" by Oliver Optic
This forced the Americans to stand in the open and do guard duty exposed.
"The Woman with a Stone Heart" by Oscar William Coursey
They told me that thou wast cut off from those whose duty it is to guard thy person.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
To guard against such social and intellectual disintegration must be the duty of government.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
He wore no uniform, and was evidently one of those patriotic souls who undertake spare-time guard duty.
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
To the north lay the quarters and hospital of the Egyptian Army units doing guard and escort duty for the new Sultan.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
As a precaution against a surprise we have a submarine guard of 200 men on duty at a time.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
There were two firemen on guard duty.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Good; I will instantly remove two of his guards, and we will do their duty.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
Night manoeuvres on Wednesdays and Fridays and guard duty were perhaps the most unpleasant part of our lot.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
The guard duty was so heavy that half the men were always on guard.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
When the guards have been on duty awhile, they give place to fresh guards.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
The tent, stage properties, etc., had to be guarded, and he undertook the duties of guardian.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
That ought to take us through all right, even if they've got a guard on duty.
"The Boy Scout Automobilists" by Robert Maitland

In poetry:

"It is my duty to desert
A guard I must despise:
Farewell weak man, my child unhurt
On Providence relies."
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
That man no guard or weapons needs,
Whose heart the blood of Jesus knows;
But safe may pass, if duty leads,
Through burning sands or mountain snows.
"The Believer's Safety (II)" by John Newton
"O Lord, direct me!…
Doth Duty now expect me
To march a-coast, or guard my weak ones near?
Give this bird a flight according, that I thence know to elect me
The southward or the rear."
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy
His dismal tale, by Fame dispers'd,
Assail'd the ears of George the First--
"I'll see the man!"--Now pity presses
And, to relieve his sore distresses,
Three hundred pounds his case rewards.
Still he did duty in the Guards.
"The Grenadier" by William Hutton

In news:

Veterans recount their experiences, from guarding the Oregon and Washington coastline, through battles in the Pacific, to occupation duty in the Hiroshima district of Japan.
Early Sunday morning the Bowling Green National Guard Unit will be called to duty to help in Bosnian peacekeeping efforts.
Heavy-duty racks, stainless-steel finish and tub, a guard beneath the upper spray arm, and room for 15 place settings are just a few of the features this model offers.
After 31 years and 20 years respectively, two Byron Center school crossing guards, Grace Heyboer and Julia Burmania, are giving up their guard duties.
Sikh soldier wears turban on palace guard duty .
Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar, 25, a Sikh soldier with the Scots Guards, performs guarding duties outside Buckingham Palace in central London, Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012.
More than 600 members of the 32nd "Red Arrow" Infantry Brigade of the Wisconsin National Guard are being mobilized and are to report for duty June sixth.
The units consist of heavy-duty steel guard sections installed with ½-in.
He would later learn that he had possibly the most important guard duty of World War II.
Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley said he stands by his decision to allow the one-of-a-kind guard duty.
Wyoming National Guard soldiers on duty in Kosovo got a visit from home over the weekend.
The DEC says life guards are on duty.
Here are fall's newest trail runners—from minimalist designs to heavy duty versions—to guard your feet against roots and rocks.
More than 600 members of the 32nd "Red Arrow" Infantry Brigade of the Wisconsin National Guard are being mobilized and are to report for duty June sixth.
A Montana Army National Guard spokesman confirmed Tuesday that two soldiers in the 484th Military Police Co. On duty in Afghanistan were injured on Saturday.