stand sentinel

idiom

: to stand in a row like soldiers
The trees stand sentinel on the cliffs.

Examples of stand sentinel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cactuses stand sentinel between a bank of windows and a banquette made of cinder blocks, a design detail common in Lebanon, says co-owner Nayef Issa. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 21 July 2023 Tall green arborvitaes stand sentinel around the grounds of the picture-perfect Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden®, keeping watch over the half-acre space full of colorful plants and gardening inspiration. Jeanne Ambrose, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2023 Birds on the same limb stand sentinel together. Yael Martínez, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2022 Today, its imposing black walls and gray, tiered roofs stand sentinel over a bottle-green perimeter moat in the heart of Matsue's old quarter. CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 Two enormous palm trees stand sentinel on either end of the pool, bare and brown. Justin Torres, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2021 That’s the Kinyarwandan name for the eight volcanoes — two active, six dormant — that stand sentinel over the tripartite border of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021

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“Stand sentinel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stand%20sentinel. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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