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.
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Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos manned the fort when Fajardo left, and Gabby Espinas and Yancy de Ocampo also had bursts of brilliance as the Beermen, who were down, 47-52 when Fajardo left, turned it around in an instant.
He manned the fort during and after Yolanda despite his delicate condition.
uk/birdoswald DEDICATION BUILT into a wall on a farm at Birdoswald is part of an altar dedicated to the troops who manned the fort in the Third and Fourth Centuries.
Built into one wall is part of an altar dedicated to the troops who manned the fort in the Third and Fourth Centuries.
When war broke out, he joined the Royal Engineers and, until January 1941, manned the forts on the Firth of Forth before he was sent to Crete, where he was captured.