keep watch

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keep watch (third-person singular simple present keeps watch, present participle keeping watch, simple past and past participle kept watch)

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To guard; to watch over someone or something.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
      In the afternoon the sun shone hot in their faces, for there were no trees to offer them shade; so that before night Dorothy and Toto and the Lion were tired, and lay down upon the grass and fell asleep, with the Woodman and the Scarecrow keeping watch.
    Synonym: stand guard