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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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you have to mind the store back home, and I do think he has traveled the state in an effort to get that back on track," McCaul added.
Many in the creative community are wondering who's going to mind the store. A number of agents, managers and producers with whom Variety spoke expressed apprehension about setting up projects at DreamWorks at a time of uncertainty, especially knowing that as of January, Snider will not be there to oversee them.
Shop owners required their children to mind the store.
Yes, someone needs to mind the store today, but Future Connect provides the opportunity to identify and begin working on who's going to mind it tomorrow, and the next day, as well.
I'm stepping in to mind the store. In a way, you could think of this as my editor checkride.
Much of the new stringency, indicated Lozoff, is a migration into credit unions of the higher director standards that washed across corporate America in the aftermath of the Enron and similar scandals and resulting legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley, which made unmistakable that directors have a duty to mind the store, to question management and to independently review strategies and balance sheets.
First, there's the whole "who's going to mind the store?" thing.
Though the boutique was attracting more and more customers, Tappin had only that morning window to make additional products since she had to mind the store. The customer base threatened to outpace production.
SPENCER - After some town meeting voters charged that officials were failing to mind the store when it comes to building maintenance, selectmen have established a group that will study town-owned facilities and estimate how much should be spent on their annual upkeep.
Now they're paying a heavy price for their shortsightedness because who's left to mind the store? I've always been fascinated by industry leaders who rail against government involvement, until they themselves need help.
While everyone is rushing to be more technologically advanced, someone also needs to mind the store that takes care of book and magazine collections, and to preserve them at any cost.
The consensus is that some smaller retailers will stay at home to mind the store. For the majors, though, it seems to be market as usual.
And the shopper calls to mind the store's labyrinthine layout by taking an imaginary walk through the emporium.
While many smaller retailers apparently stayed at home to mind the store, the retailers whose order-writing can make or break a market were here.