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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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Bell first took guard with the hosts 28 for three after both openers had gone lbw and Kevin Pietersen caS ught-behind, as Ryan Harris (three for 43) took two wickets in the same over.
Set 253 to win after Steve Harmison's 5-33 had sent Ricky Ponting's men towards a fourth defeat in a week, England's pursuit was floundering when Pietersen took guard on 119-4 in the 28th over.
Rather as a modern grand prix driver might experience a shock to the system if he were asked to pilot a Morris Minor and revisit the skills he learned as a teenager, Afridi and others would have to go back to basics if they took guard with a 1960s bat.
Agar took guard after James Anderson (five for 85) had this morning kick-started a rush of five wickets for nine runs as Australia lurched to 117 for nine.
WHEN Ian Botham took guard in an Ashes match, abrasive Aussie wicket-keeper Rodney Marsh greeted him by saying: "So, how's your wife and my kids?
Hollioake took guard after Ally Brown, having reached 57 from 121 balls, charged and missed at Giles.
And took guard against a wily old master of spin, namely James Callaghan.
But a father's pride turned to despair when Kevin Pietersen took guard at The Wanderers with the 30,000 crowd dissolving into an ugly refrain of booing and 'traitor' insults delivered with the subtlety of a jackboot.
If ever there was a game where Vaughan needed his luck to change, it is tomorrow's showdown on the ground where he took guard on his Test debut in 1999 with England on 2 for 4.
But you could see from the look on his face that he was done for before he took guard.
Ponting took guard just nine balls into the match after Matthew Hayden edged a catch to AB de Villiers at third slip off the bowling of Makhaya Ntini.