man the fort

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man the fort

To mind or take charge of a location during the time in which it is unattended by another. Don't worry, honey, I'll man the fort at home until you get back from the grocery store. The entire editorial department left the office early for their Christmas celebration, leaving just a couple of interns to man the fort for the rest of the day.
See also: fort, man
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ASSISTANT manager Sandy Stewart has followed Owen Coyle out of the exit door at Wigan after helping man the fort for Wednesday's clash with Leeds.
Unfortunately, however, the Americans were in danger of not having enough troops to adequately man the fort.
The Fratton Park assistant boss was left to man the fort after "ill" Harry Redknapp left the Pompey training ground early and missed the pre-Community Shield media conference.
Wilson, executive vice president Birnie Harper and a team of specialists man the Fort Smith office to help sellers understand the value of their business before they enter into negotiations.
In March 1754, he sends Washington with 159 soldiers to man the fort.