watch and ward

noun

Definition of watch and ward

1 : continuous unbroken vigilance and guard
2 : service as a watchman or sentinel required from a feudal tenant

First Known Use of watch and ward

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Watch and ward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watch%20and%20ward. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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