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suicide watch

[ soo-uh-sahyd woch ]
/ ˈsu əˌsaɪd ˌwɒtʃ /
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noun

a system of regular checking on prison inmates or psychiatric patients who are believed to be suicidal: The prisoner was on suicide watch, but somehow managed to hang himself.
close observation or supervision of someone in order to prevent suicide: We took turns staying at her place, on suicide watch until she was able to get professional help.

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Origin of suicide watch

First recorded in 1925–30
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suicide watch

noun

a round-the-clock watch by warders on a prisoner considered to be in danger of harming him- or herself
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