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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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The change in name didn't do KIA any good, with its locals faring miserably in manning the fort when Ramos picked up his third foul near the halfway mark of the first quarter.
Of 42 troops manning the fort, 15 escaped to a separate base while the whereabouts of the remaining was not known.
Jon Florsheim, chief executive of Homeserve, said: "Our research suggests that a worrying number of people will opt to wait in on the boss's time rather than their own, placing unfair pressure on those left manning the fort.
But for the millions of military families manning the fort at home while their loved ones are away serving, a gesture of cheer is especially welcome.
It's all well and good if all your employees are happy to take a break to watch the match but it's important to take a flexible attitude toward those employees to leave work earlier if they are manning the fort while the match is on.