on one's watch

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on one's watch

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) During the period of time when one is in a position of authority or responsibility.
    • 1991, Michael Duffy, "The CIA: See No Evil, Hear No Evil," Time, 30 Sep.:
      Gates emerged from the first week of hearings bearing only a few scratches. . . . He even vowed to resign if illegal activity occurred on his watch.
    • 2005, Amy Silvers, "100 miles per hour for 102 years," Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, 19 Feb.:
      Woods dismissed the idea that anyone could get away with election fraud on her watch.