stand guard/watch

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of stand guard/watch

:to stand in a position and guard or watch someone or something in order to look for possible danger, threats, etc.
  • A soldier stood guard by the door.

Word by Word Definitions

stand play
  1. : to support oneself on the feet in an erect position

  2. : to be a specified height when fully erect

  3. : to rise to an erect position

  1. : a halt for defense or resistance

  2. : an often defensive effort of some duration or degree of success

  3. : a stop made to give a performance

guard play
  1. : one assigned to protect or oversee another: such as

  2. : a person or a body of persons on sentinel duty

  3. : troops attached to the person of the sovereign

  1. : to protect an edge of with an ornamental border

  2. : to protect from danger especially by watchful attention : make secure

  3. : to stand at the entrance of as if on guard or as a barrier

watch play
  1. : to keep vigil as a devotional exercise

  2. : to be awake during the night

  3. : to be attentive or vigilant

  1. : the act of keeping awake to guard, protect, or attend

  2. : the state of being wakeful

  3. : a wake over a dead body


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