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stand guard

Watch over, act as a lookout, as in We'll climb the tree and get the apples if Josh will stand guard, or There's a parking space; stand guard while I make a U-turn and get to it. This term alludes to the military defense of posting guards to watch for the enemy.
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mount/stand/keep ˈguard (over somebody/something)

act as a guard: Two soldiers stood guard over the captured weapons.
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stand guard

1. To keep watch.
2. To act as a sentinel.
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EMERGENCY ALERT Armed police officers keep guard at Serbian government buildings after Prime Minister Zoran Djindic, top right, was assassinated.
Police keep guard at the back entrance to the flat in Wood Green High Road, North London, where traces of ricin were found yesterday
The Fire Department encourages a strategy similar to designated drivers - a designated watcher whose job is to keep guard over the kids in the pool.
Police will keep guard around the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo's Minato Ward, restrict traffic and check vehicles on metropolitan expressways while the Chinese leader stays in Tokyo until Saturday, the department said.
MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN Saudi security forces keep guard in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, in this file photo.
It was indicated that the gang assigned some drug addicts around the shelter to keep guard.
We have asked the state chief secretary to engage the village watchmen on duty to keep guard the school hand pumps," Kumar told the media on Monday evening reacting to reports of continual poisoning of water facilities in schools, leaving scores of children sick every day.
The kennel includes a Sheepskin-lined, raised beds will allow the dogs to keep guard out of the windows, while in the lounge they can listen to a 15,000 pound sound system or enjoy shows on a 52in plasma screen TV.
Sheepskin-lined, raised beds will allow the dogs to keep guard out of the windows, while in the lounge they can listen to a pounds 15,000 sound system or enjoy shows on a 52in plasma screen TV.
Generous staff at Marks and Spencer donated the furry friend to pupils at Sherbourne Fields School in Rowington Close, Coundon, after it was no longer needed to keep guard over the Lower Precinct store's Christmas display.