keep an eye out for

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keep an eye out for somebody/something

to watch carefully for someone or something to appear Keep an eye out for signposts for Yosemite.
See also: eye, keep, out

keep an eye out for

Also, keep a sharp lookout for. Be watchful for something or someone, as in Keep an eye out for the potholes in the road, or They told him to keep a sharp lookout for the police. The first expression, sometimes amplified to keep a sharp eye out for, dates from the late 1800s, the variant from the mid-1700s. Also see have one's eye on, def. 1; keep a weather eye; keep one's eyes open; look out.
See also: eye, keep, out
References in classic literature ?
The Wolf, having shown himself an apt pupil, said to the Shepherd, "Since you have taught me to steal, you must keep a sharp lookout, or you will lose some of your own flock.
However, he's taken to sitting in the fifth-form room lately, so we do get a bit of fire now sometimes; only to keep a sharp lookout that he don't catch you behind his curtain when he comes down--that's all.
Well, in my turn I advise you to keep a sharp lookout on your treasure, my dear Monsieur Groslow, for I can tell you we shall not leave this without robbing you of it.
CHILDREN are being urged to keep a sharp lookout for drugs needles after a shocking report revealed that an increasing number of syringes are being found on school grounds.
2) Chuck and Ronda Jolley keep a sharp lookout for trash and animals during a morning hike in the park.
Since the mechanics are difficult to execute in the match setting, coaches have to keep a sharp lookout for mistakes.