Synonyms to guard against

champion, A per se, Maecenas, Olympic medal winner, abettor, ace, admirer, advocate, aficionado, allege in support, alter ego, alternate, amicus curiae, angel, answer, apologete, apologist, apologizer, arch, argue for, arm, armor, assert, attorney, award winner, back, back up, backer, backstop, backup, backup man, bang-up, banner, battle, best, bless, blue-ribbon, boss, buff, campaigner, capital, cardinal, central, champ, chief, choice, chosen, cloak, combatant, commander, compass about, conquering hero, conqueror, conquistador, contend, contend for, copyright, counter, cover, cream, crowning, cushion, dandy, dean, defeater, defend, defender, dependence, deputy, distinguished, dominant, dummy, easy winner, elect, elite, encourager, endorser, ensure, espouse, executive officer, exponent, expounder, fan, fat, favorer, fence, fend, fight for, fighter, figurehead, first, flank, flower, focal, for the best, foremost, forward, friend at court, fugleman, genius, get behind, get in behind, great, greatest, guarantee, guard, guardian, handpicked, harbor, haven, head, headmost, hegemonic, hero, higher-up, illustrious,