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keep watch

Also, keep a watch or close watch on; watch over. Observe with continuous attention, especially to act as a sentinel or for protection. For example, Afraid that the wolves would return, she kept watch while the others slept, or They kept a close watch on the harbor, looking for signs of enemy ships, or, according to the Gospel of St. Luke (2:8): “And there were in the same country shepherds ... keeping watch over their flock by night.” [ Late 1300s ]
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  • And then he wakened Grania, and he bade her to keep watch for Muadhan, and he himself would go out and take a look around.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • One of us will keep watch till midnight, and then waken the other.'

  • He never forgot, when in the water, to keep watch for that great darting shadow.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The guards walked about all night to keep watch and ward over them.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
  • When he arrived, he went to the Raja and asked that two sipahis might be deputed to keep watch over the woman he had brought.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • Two sentries were posted to keep the fire going and to keep watch.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • During the daytime I know that four keep watch over the Mullah, while one sits before the door of the prisoner.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
  • But I will keep watch the rest of the night with one of the men.

    Dead Man's Land George Manville Fenn

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