keep watch on

idiom

: to watch, observe, or check (something) for a special purpose over a period of time
We are continuing to keep watch on developments in the region.

Examples of keep watch on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a young girl, Hull was assigned to keep watch on her father, an alcoholic and a fruit buyer in central Florida for a juice processing company, who used a grapefruit as a paperweight. Jessica Ferri, Washington Post, 25 May 2023 When hardwired to our vehicle, a combination front-and-rear cam like the Vantrue N2 Pro will keep watch on the inside and outside of your vehicle at all times, which can be helpful in the event of a break-in. Anthony Alaniz and Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, 15 June 2020 There’s an underground network across the U.S. and Europe where guides—usually not Indigenous South Americans—serve ayahuasca brew and keep watch on cross-legged participants in suburban homes and city flats, buckets at the ready. Justin Higginbottom, The New Republic, 3 Jan. 2023 Part of the assimilation campaign relies on security infrastructure built to keep watch on and control over the population. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2020 Also, Mike Evans injured his ankle, but keep watch on Chris Godwin, whose return would take a little of the shine off Miller. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 5 Oct. 2020 Gabriel assembles archers to keep watch on the group's progress, and Lydia points out which in the horde are Whisperers. Nick Romano, EW.com, 5 Oct. 2020 The British government has awarded a $1.3 million contract to the U.K. subsidiary of Israel’s Elbit Systems to develop unmanned drones that can keep watch on the nation’s coastlines, according to Wired. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 18 Aug. 2020 Chamberland describes how gametes are handled back in the lab, long after dark, and how researchers sometimes keep watch on the embryos until the next morning. Michelle Nijhuis, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2018

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“Keep watch on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20watch%20on. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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