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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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He added: "It's amazing - if a prisoner seems to lose a watch it's always a Gucci watch rather than just a cheap, ordinary watch and I just think Treasury solicitors are a bit fast and loose with taxpayers' money.
Live cricket Sky Sports 2, 3.20am tomorrow WITH the match action in the one-day series between Australia and England having been so hard to watch it's no surprise the marketing bods have been thinking up ways to make people take an interest in the crowd instead, writes Phil Agius.