Guard for protection or safekeeping, as in There were only two aides watching over that large group of children. This idiom was first recorded in 1526.
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How to use watch over in a sentence
Visitors today can keep watch over the scene in the booth at the end of the bar that Capone and his cronies once occupied.
One of the dwarfs remained at home every day to keep watch over her.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her | The Brothers Grimm | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is keeping watch over financial-services companies.The Incredible 'Wussiness' Of The Fed Vs Goldman Sachs—Caught On Tape | Daniel Gross | September 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I will probably watch over 300 hours of this game before the postseason starts.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football? | Steve Almond | September 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"All one needed was a herd of cattle and a few people to watch over them," O'Connor declares.
For these reasons we keep strict and careful watch over them, since the suspicions conceived of them have been often verified.
During this period the thought of Bruno keeping his lonely watch over that blanket caused Harry many a sharp pain.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
She felt assured that her daughter was received with maternal love by one who would ever watch over her with the tenderest care.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
But the chamber that looketh towards the north shall be for the priests that watch over the ministry of the altar.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Two archbishops and four bishops watch over the spiritual health of this flock.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell