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stand guard

To watch over someone or something; to act as a guard or a lookout for someone or something. He stood guard outside the bathroom to make sure no one walked in on Jeremy getting sick. The police are standing guard around the prison, lest the prisoner should attempt escape a second time.
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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.
See also: guard, stand

mount/stand/keep ˈguard (over somebody/something)

act as a guard: Two soldiers stood guard over the captured weapons.
See also: guard, keep, mount, stand

stand guard

1. To keep watch.
2. To act as a sentinel.
See also: guard, stand
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Officers turned off the gas supply at the house and sealed off the area, while armed police stood guard outside.
Fire crews used industrial cutting gear to take off the door and free the men, and then stood guard with police while thousands of pounds in cash was unloaded into a van.
A VIGILANTE who stood guard over his work after vandals damaged a previous job landed himself on the wrong side of the law.
They locked him in his office and stood guard overnight demanding he stop the cuts.
The Jamaican Defence Force stood guard at Buckingham Palace yesterday.
Armed police stood guard at Coventry Magistrates' Court yesterday for the hearing which lasted more than four hours.
Protests were reported in two other Chinese cities but police in Beijing stood guard on Tiananmen Square to block a planned demonstration in the heart of the capital.
FOR more than a century a statue of Llewelyn ap Iorwerth, the first Prince of Wales, has stood guard over the comings and goings in Conwy's Lancaster Square.
Martin Boyce's Now I've Got Worry (Storage Unit), 1997 a beat-up Eames unit remade to incorporate makeshift signs redolent of the urban badlands, stood guard inside the show's entrance like a disheveled and abstracted Cerberus, warning visitors to GO HOME THERE IS NOTHING 2.
In her application to Pirmahal police, the complainant stated that the suspect forced his way into her house while his two accomplices stood guard outside.
A police officer stood guard at the pub during the night.
A policeman stood guard at the entrance to the close where 23-month-old Brandon Muir lived.
Half-way through the festivities, police arrived en-masse, seized glasses of wine from everyone present and poured them out on the grass - while an armoured PSNI Land Rover stood guard at the gates.
Today, a police officer stood guard outside the terraced property which appeared derelict, with boarded-up windows.
The halted train could be seen by drivers on the A1 who slowed to watch as two officers stood guard on the footbridge.