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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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Indeed, that reflection returned to me when I gazed into the water of our little pond in the back garden, where our elderly frog was sitting, watchfully, on his mossy rock - having spent several weeks in the murkier depths.
White (credited in the film merely as "The Journalist," and watchfully played by Billy Crudup), conducted a mere week after the assassination.
Besides watchfully guarding the frontiers, our armed forces, together with other law enforcement agencies, are playing an unforgettable role in maintaining law and order within the country.
The first ballet, Techne, had Guillem circling the stage watchfully in a kind of gym slip which allowed her to move freely and was designed by Kimie Nakamo in a process which, I should imagine, took five minutes.
As wickets fell Aaron Finch had to bat watchfully. He made 30 from 32 balls but fell trying to cut young spinner Josh Poysden.
Rudolph, whose previous best T20 score was 83 not out for the Titans against Perth Scorchers in the 2012 Champions League, began watchfully and the first over of the match from James Fuller produced only a single.
Hain and Laurie Evans batted watchfully to add 87 in 30 overs for the fourth wicket before, just after posting his first half-century of the season, Evans mis-pulled Leach to mid-on to fall for 50.
Furthermore President Obama has decided to take diplomatic steps carefully and watchfully. With mounting demands to get rid of Syria's dictatorship the emergence of stronger U.S.-Iran relations could send a powerful and somewhat contradictory message.
SAN FRANCISCO -- As students with sleeping bags staged a sit-in at the University of California, Berkeley, and the police stood by watchfully, the Board of Regents of the University of California gave final approval Thursday to a contentious plan to raise tuition steadily over five years, which students across the state protested as unaffordable.
So, watchfully, I picked him up at an agreed telephone box and drove around some streets, making sure to watch my mirrors while he explained his situation.
And those exist even now more or less in the same measure and could do the devilish job with the project again if not warded off watchfully.
The other cops who have ringed the place are eyeing the perimeter watchfully, alert for any signs of trouble.