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stand guard

Watch over, act as a lookout, as in We'll climb the tree and get the apples if Josh will stand guard, or There's a parking space; stand guard while I make a U-turn and get to it. This term alludes to the military defense of posting guards to watch for the enemy.
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  • But in the manetime it's my job to stand guard as I'm standin' right now.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • "You stand guard at the door," Armande directed one of the men.

  • One of them was to stand guard while the others went in swimming.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • Is it necessary to put out the torches of those who stand guard?

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • But some of them had to stand guard, and among these were Andy and Stuffer.

    The Putnam Hall Encampment Arthur M. Winfield
  • stand guard now at the door leading from the elevator—inside the door.

    The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon
  • It was my duty to stand guard and watch the horses until midnight.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
  • Who's going to stand guard while the plane goes for the police?

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