Definition of be on the watch in English:

be on the watch

phrase

  • Be on the alert for something, especially a possible danger.

    ‘he was already on the watch for any more suspicious moves’
    • ‘What we ought to be doing is focusing our money and attention on identifying terrorists and their associates so we can be on the watch for these characters, not playing video games.’
    • ‘In these days when so many men are using cutting torches, the physician must be on the watch for acute lead poisoning.’
    • ‘‘We must be on the watch for any revival of anti-Semitism, and ready to act against the new forms of it that are appearing today,’ Annan said.’
    • ‘Practitioners should be careful to avoid these problems, and customers should be on the watch to avoid being victimized by them.’
    • ‘These two new studies point to the need for parents and pediatricians to be on the watch for what might appear to be less serious breathing problems in their babies and young children when they sleep.’
    • ‘If your child is having large amounts of diarrhea, be on the watch for signs of dehydration (a low level of body water).’
    • ‘We also ask our church members and sympathetic local people to be on the watch for anything or anyone suspicious.’
    • ‘We should be on the watch, though, for commonalities which advance the project of thinking multiple traditions.’
    • ‘If they had not been on the watch for raiders, they would have had time to find it beautiful.’
    • ‘Thus, in the future, commentators should be on the watch for federalism issues across a wide range of Court decision, implicating various amendments.’
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