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on (one's) watch
Under one's supervision; while one is in a position of power, authority, or responsibility. I can't believe you let this happen on your watch. It's strange—even though it wasn't on my watch, I still feel partly responsible for the robbery.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
on someone's watch
while someone is on duty; while someone is supposed to be in charge of a situation. I am not responsible since it didn't happen on my watch. I guess I have to bear the blame since it happened on my watch.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.