keep watch

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keep (close) watch (over someone or something)

to guard or care for someone or something. I'm keeping watch over my children to make sure they have the things they need. I think that an angel is keeping close watch over her to make sure nothing bad happens to her.
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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] Also see keep an eye out for.
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keep ˈwatch (for somebody/something)

stay awake or watch somebody/something carefully in case of possible danger or problems: I’ll keep watch while you sleep.The doctors are keeping watch for any change in her condition.
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While some industry experts were unsure at press time whether verdicts would be reached by year end, life insurers continue to keep watch on the cases and what the lawsuits might mean for the industry.
At the opening inquest into her death in January, Powys coroner Geraint Williams was told that staff had been instructed to keep watch over her.
Surmising that the thief would return later to retrieve the booty, Larsen decided to keep watch.
Carders keep watch and know when to expect the new rates, and they are posted right on time.
315]) The New Testament gives no date for the birth of Jesus, and it was almost surely not in December when it would have been too cold for shepherds to keep watch over their flocks at night.
In some areas where "wolf eyes" keep watch, 90 percent fewer deer have been killed at night.
They keep watch from a transportable cabin in daylight or a bad weather shelter, while a tiny tent hidden in heather offers the night watch concealment.
By contrast, 5,000 deputies and jail personnel keep watch over the more than 20,000 inmates that bulge L.
Dozens of officers patrolled the roads around the football ground and scores more were ordered to keep watch outside the city's busiest pubs.