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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Naseem Sarwar, 43 - described by her defence as "the wee woman from the Post Office" kept watch while three men - one wearing a Satan mask - beat and tied up her youngest brother.
The squadron kept watch over the western half of Iraq, where names like Al Fallujah, Ramadi, and the Sunni Triangle have already become part of Marine Corps history.
A store detective kept watch and the police were called.
Hindu groups supporting BJP sponsored advertisements in several local daily newspapers that portrayed a bishop forcibly converting a "tribal person" (as some indigenous people are labeled) as a henchman kept watch on a cage holding other tribal people to be baptized "on orders of the Pope."
kept watch over my cradle and accompanied me all my life," noted innovative Norwegian artist Edward Munch.
One of them put the knife to the throat of a worker and demanded cash whilst the other kept watch. They got away with around pounds 60 and escaped along Rochester Drive.