Idioms

    on the watch, vigilant; alert: The hunter was on the watch for game.
    watch oneself,
    1. to be cautious.
    2. to practice discretion or self-restraint.

Origin of watch

before 900; 1580–90 for def 15; (v.) Middle English wacchen, Old English wæccan, doublet of wacian to be awake (see wake1); (noun) Middle English wacche, Old English wæcce, derivative of wæccan
SYNONYMS FOR watch
1 Watch, look, see imply being aware of things around one by perceiving them through the eyes. To watch is to be a spectator, to look on or observe, or to fix the attention upon during passage of time: to watch while a procession passes. To look is to direct the gaze with the intention of seeing, to use the eyesight with attention: to look for violets in the spring; to look at articles displayed for sale. To see is to perceive with the eyes, to obtain a visual impression, with or without fixing the attention: animals able to see in the dark.
9 await.
10 protect.
11 inspection, attention.
12 vigil.
Related formsun·watched, adjectiveun·watch·ing, adjectivewell-watched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for watch

watch

/ (wɒtʃ) /

verb

noun

See also watch out

Word Origin for watch

Old English wæccan (vb), wæcce (n); related to wake 1
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Idioms and Phrases with watch

watch


In addition to the idioms beginning with watch

  • watched pot never boils, a
  • watch it
  • watch like a hawk
  • watch my dust
  • watch one's step
  • watch out
  • watch over

also see:

  • keep watch
  • look (watch) out
  • on the lookout (watch)
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