stand sentry


: to act as a guard
The company hired a policeman to stand sentry by the door.

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Recent Examples on the Web The palace burned down in the 1930s, but, almost 170 years after they were crafted, most of Hawkins’ original sculptures still stand sentry in the park. Yannic Rack, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Several times a year, workers from Brownsville In Violence Out stand sentry on two blocks for five days. Maria Cramer Amir Hamja, New York Times, 4 June 2023 In a snap, he’s been grouped more with Bob Davie and Charlie Weis and Gerry Faust than those guys whose statues stand sentry outside the stadium gates. Tom Noie, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2022 State Capitol would stand sentry outside its doors, looking to bend the ears of lawmakers scurrying out of debates or sessions of closed-door deal-making. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 In a sprawling San Gabriel shopping center, two security guards stand sentry at Chong Hing Jewelers, a 51-year-old business that evolved from a goldsmithing company selling custom pieces to a purveyor of luxury watches and jewelry. Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 In an upstairs archive, rows and rows of vases in lollipoplike resin stand sentry, the accessible souvenirs and satellites of Pesceworld. Matthew Schneier, Curbed, 14 Sep. 2021 The statue of the late, beloved PawSox owner Ben Mondor will stand sentry outside a deserted ballpark, an empty space in the heart of Pawtucket., 10 May 2021 Baobab trees stand sentry over a sacred tomb distinguished by a single soaring column. Peter Browne, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Mar. 2021 See More

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“Stand sentry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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