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WATCH, police. To watch is, properly speaking, to stand sentry and attend guard during the night time: certain officers called watchmen are appointed in most of the United States, whose duty it is to arrest all persons who are violating the law, or breaking the peace. (q.v.) Vide 1 Bl. Com. 356; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 14, 20.

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Darren said then he had been keeping watch while Ellis and I went in looking for cars.
Since the events of the mid-90s, the association has been keeping watch on issues affecting camps and camping in the state and has worked to maintain close ties to legislators.
Keeping watch. That said, most countries have recently developed their own systems to ensure that the ships entering their ports are in safe working order.
And became a thin but strong Black fist in a crowd, shouting, "Revolution!" And became the afro-topped, ever vigilant Earth-mother, keeping watch over tomorrow's Dredlocked children.
For more on this distinction, see Barbara Adam, Time and Social Theory (Philadelphia, 1990), 133-38; Michael O'Malley, Keeping Watch: A History of American Time (Washington, D.C., 1990), 12-13; Stephen Jay Gould, Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time (Cambridge, MA, 1987), 10-16; David S.
The ministry said Tokyo maintains a policy of ''considering and implementing on a case-by-case basis our economic assistance to Myanmar...while keeping watch on human rights conditions and movements toward democracy.'' Japan also focuses its aid to Myanmar on ''those items already under way and such basic living areas that directly contribute to the people,'' the ministry said.
People are upset and are keeping watch on their dogs."
Spy cameras are keeping watch on the Scottish Border.
Among areas where residents are keeping watch are North and South Antrim, East Tyrone and parts of County Down.
"The BID has affected the whole neighborhood very positively," said John Maso, general manager of the Manhattan Mall, "providing not only supplemental janitorial and security, but taking care of the homeless and keeping watch on the various storekeepers."