watch (one's) step

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watch (one's) step

1. Literally, to pay attention to where one is walking. Often used as an imperative. Watch your step! All of these cords are a tripping hazard.
2. By extension, to proceed with caution. Watch your step when you meet with the boss—this is a situation you need to finesse. Larry better watch his step around here, or he won't be invited back.
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watch one's step

 
1. be careful of one's walking or stepping. It's slippery here. Watch your step.
2. Fig. to act with care and caution so as not to make a mistake or offend someone. John had better watch his step with the new boss. He won't put up with his lateness. Mary was told by the teacher to watch her step and stop missing classes.
See also: step, watch

watch one's step

Exercise caution, as in You'd better watch your step talking to them about a merger. Often put as an admonition, this phrase transfers taking care in walking to other kinds of caution. [First half of 1900s]
See also: step, watch
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If we're going to take these big leaps forward, we have a responsibility to watch our step for the environment's sake," Milhoan commented.
If only other dog owners were as caring and responsible our children could play in clean areas and we wouldn't have to watch our step on the pavement and dog wardens would not be needed.
foreign policy: It reminds us to watch our step when we march down that road paved with good intentions.
'We also have to watch our steps when getting out of the house lest we fall into some hole,' she said.