keep (a) (close) watch on (someone or something)(redirected from keeps a close watch on them)
keep (a) (close) watch on (someone or something)
To monitor someone or something closely. Keep a close watch on this pot so that the soup doesn't boil over. I've asked the manager to keep close watch on Tom. I'm pretty sure he's been stealing from the register.
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keep a close watch on someone or something
to watch someone or something very carefully. Let's keep a close watch on Fred and his friends. I want to keep a close watch on the house across the street.
keep watch on someone or something
to monitor someone or something. Keep watch on the lady in the big coat. She may be a shoplifter. Try to keep watch on the committee's work.
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keep a close ˈeye/ˈwatch on somebody/somethingwatch somebody/something carefully: Over the next few months we will keep a close eye on sales.
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