watch fire

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noun

a fire maintained during the night as a signal and for providing light and warmth for guards.

Nearby words

  1. watch,
  2. watch and ward,
  3. watch cap,
  4. watch chain,
  5. watch committee,
  6. watch guard,
  7. watch it,
  8. watch like a hawk,
  9. watch list,
  10. watch meeting

Origin of watch fire

First recorded in 1795–1805

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watch fire

noun

a fire kept burning at night as a signal or for warmth and light by a person keeping watch
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