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.
See also: step, watch

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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WALKERS have been urged to watch their step on Huddersfield's canal towpaths when the temperatures drop.
The GEO reminded New Year revelers who are going to take the trail that the illuminated trail at nighttime is not as bright as daytime and that they need to watch their step while walking on the trail.
They will also distribute publicity leaflets to remind pedestrians - particularly seniors - to watch their step, for their own safety.
Hodgson has urged them privately not to feel inhibited but also to watch their step as they prepare to face Italy as he does not want to face problems later in the tournament.
Defenders Alan Hutton, Richard Dunne and James Collins and midfielder Fabian Delph must also watch their step after each picking up their third caution on Sunday.
Workers in Blyth are being warned to watch their step with the launch of a new health and safety campaign.
At one of her last stops there were about a dozen people standing there anxiously as Mimi opened the bus doors and told them to watch their step.
Bono et al better watch their step as these guys are spot on as far as imitation goes.
But until then, Parisians will have to watch their step.
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