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guard duty

a military assignment involving watching over or protecting a person or place or supervising prisoners.
Origin of guard duty
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The general himself was the only one who had been exempt from guard-duty.

  • Every fellow can go on guard-duty for two hours, and call the next fellow.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • But it happened that Ildiger and his men were keeping guard at that time; for all were assigned by turns to guard-duty.

    Procopius Procopius
  • The Federal soldier seated on the sand-bags is on guard-duty to prevent camp-followers from looting the vacant fort.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • One pay-day, when the half of our company was on guard-duty, he for once came back too late.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • Ahead of any that had joined at about the same time, Hal and Noll were "warned" for guard-duty.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks H. Irving Hancock
  • Some work was found for him around the quartermaster's shops which saved him from guard-duty or the guard-house.

    The Deserter Charles King
  • Read up the manual of guard-duty for all you're worth before guard-mount to-morrow morning.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks H. Irving Hancock
  • guard-duty injures them more than whites, apparently; and double-quick movements, in choking dust, set them coughing badly.

  • Instead of drilling eight hours each day, they drilled six, and were obliged to do guard-duty besides.

    George at the Fort Harry Castlemon

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