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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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With this framework of communication built on honesty and respect, you are much less likely to be "caught off guard" in the future.
"Last year," he recalled in a style that is urbane and peppered with irony, "we had established new investment and new distribution rules that seemed to catch some of the producers a little off guard. When I arrived, we had to have some virile conversations.
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If I am embarrassed or caught off guard by the misinformation others receive of me, what about the pleas for help by those who truly face "unclean" situations, pleas that seem to fall on deaf ears?
Many institutional shareholders were caught off guard by sudden earnings reversals at offshore-based Global Crossing and Tyco (at press time, Tyco's stock was hit again when CEO Dennis Kozlowski resigned under indictment for personal tax evasion).
Following him on the campaign trail, I was often caught off guard by his wry sense of humor and deft asides.
Many had keiretsu interlocking relationships among suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and financiers; such relationships are fairly rigid and many Japanese firms were caught off guard by the rapid advance in computer technology.
Both the city and the school district, which have operated with structurally unbalanced budgets for years, were caught off guard when the state was unable to provide its traditional level of support.
Like December 7, this surprise attack on American soil came out of the sky in the early hours of the morning, caught our government and military defenses completely off guard, resulted in the slaughter of thousands, and embedded unforgettable images of carnage in our national psyche.
She does this, first, by catching us off guard with her opening simile: "He is there, like Clouseau." This Jesus is unquestionably Present, but in a guise we'd never have guessed: as a film comedian who plays the role of bumbling detective.
While no camp director would be intentionally neglectful, the risks of environmental impairment/pollution can catch even the most risk management-minded camp director off guard.