on the watch for

idiom

: regularly checking to see if someone has arrived or if something has appeared or happened
When you're driving in winter you should always be on the watch for ice on the roads.
I am always on the watch for a good bargain.

Examples of on the watch for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Be on the watch for these respiratory illnesses that may have a significant impact on your health. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 12 Jan. 2024 You were told repeatedly to be on the watch for your mind going into a kind of mental trance. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 The self-driving car parked on Main Street is asked to be on the watch for the person that the stalker wants to follow. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Be on the watch for that additional coverage. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 Utilities will be on the watch for more disruptions as the spring progresses. Claire Hao, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2023 Wildlife managers in northern Idaho are warning people to be on the watch for grizzly bears after one was recently reported in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 Gavin Kearney, senior counsel for the committee, said after the meeting that residents need to be on the watch for any new moves on the part of the developer. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Federal agencies were made aware to be on the watch for Coleman's return, which occurred around 1 p.m. Monday, according to the affidavit. Alexandra Meeks, Josh Campbell and Travis Caldwell, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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“On the watch for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20watch%20for. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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