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mind the shop

To monitor a particular place or situation, usually while the person who normally does so is away. Would you mind the shop while I'm in this meeting? One of the suspects remained at the entranceway to mind the shop while the other two began loading the stolen goods into the truck.
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mind the shop

be temporarily in charge of affairs.
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mind the ˈshop

(British English) (American English mind the ˈstore) be in charge of something for a short time while somebody is away: Who’s minding the shop while the boss is abroad?
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Lib Dem deputy leader Nick Clegg, minding the shop this week and next during Prime Minister David Cameron''s holidays, is understandably keen to disabuse the voters of this notion.
Harriet Harman, Peter Mandelson, Jack Straw and Alistair Darling are to take turns minding the shop in London during Parliament's 82-day break.
A relative of the sisters said: "Both were minding the shop when the robber walked in with a scarf covering his nose and mouth.
Hearing Wednesday's news within reasonable earshot of DCMS officials minding the shop while their MP overlords were doing the business in the Far East, he got the distinct impression that the bookmakers ought to seize the moment and press to become National Lottery agents.
Lee's No 2, John Ward, was back at Molineux minding the shop as far as any pre-deadline arrivals are concerned.
These days the 23-year-old often finds himself minding the shop at Maxstoke near Coleshill, Warwickshire.
She said yesterday: "I'm minding the shop this week.