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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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George, from boyhood up, had been raised in that school of thought whose watchword is 'Findings are keepings', and, having ascertained that there was no address attached to the name, he was on the point, I regret to say, of pouching the volume, which already he looked upon as his own, when a figure detached itself from the crowd, and he found himself gazing into a pair of grey and, to his startled conscience, accusing eyes.
He hopes ardently for a steady amelioration of the condition of the masses, proceeding toward a time when all men shall have real opportunity for full development; and freedom is one of his chief watchwords. But with typical English conservatism he believes that progress must be gradual, and that it should be controlled by order, loyalty, and reverence.
Therefore, gentlemen, the word ELECTION, to my thinking, is in a fair way to cause as much mischief as the words CONSCIENCE and LIBERTY, which ill-defined and ill-understood, were flung broadcast among the people, to serve as watchwords of revolt and incitements to destruction.
Akeredolu reminded Muslims faithful to let moderation be their watchword as they celebrate this year's Sallah.
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Summary: Justice is the watchword for ensuring stability and prosperity for all
So the watchword be 'flexibility' conclusion of and we have investigate significant Peter Skelton A botched investigation by West Midlands Police led to the convictions of the Birmingham Six, who were found guilty of the murders a year later.
"Dialogue and persuasion will be the watchword in a first stage," he said Wednesday following a Cabinet Meeting.
"I'm tired of Stormont being a watchword for arguing and bickering," she told a packed Assembly chamber at Parliament Buildings after her appointment was confirmed.
STEVE MCCLAREN says patience is the watchword regarding Newcastle United's incoming defender Chancel Mbemba.
Flexibility is the watchword in all the CoR's opinions on the future cohesion policy.