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mind the store

To monitor a particular place or situation, usually while someone is away. Will you mind the store while I'm in this meeting?
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mind the store

 and watch the store
Fig. to take care of local matters. Please stay here in the office and mind the store while I go to the conference. I had to stay home and watch the store when Ann went to Boston.
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mind the store

Attend to local or family matters, as in Ask Dad for permission; he's minding the store while Mom's away. This expression transfers looking after an actual business to more general activities. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]
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mind the store, to

To take charge in someone’s absence. This phrase, dating from about 1920, originally meant literally taking over the business of a store when the owner was temporarily away. Later it was expanded to more general usage, as in “She’s on sabbatical leave this semester, so Professor Jones is minding the store.”
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The Tory toff is sunning himself in the posh part of Cornwall with pregnant wife Samantha and the kids while his gaffeprone Lib Dem deputy minds the store in Downing Street.
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When Mick and Keith go off on tour, David Bowie minds the store.