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guard

 [gahrd]
a protective device.
mouth guard any of various removable intraoral appliances that protect the teeth and sometimes the lips and cheeks during contact sports.

guard

(gahrd)
1. To watch over so as to protect or maintain control.
2. A person or thing performing such a function.

guard

A device for protecting something (e.g., a mouth guard or a face guard).

occlusal guard

A removable dental appliance that covers one or both arches and is designed to minimize the damaging effects of bruxism, jaw and head trauma during contact sports, or any detrimental occlusal habits.
See: nightguard; mouth guard
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SIR ELTON JOHN once walked through the Long Room with green hair and on one of his greatest hits album covers he takes guard in whites, cap, pads, gloves.
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REIGNING: President McAleese departs for China visit yesterday; TRIP: McAleese takes guard of honour at airport