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He's one of these kind of men you want to watch out for when your back's turned, Duke.

He stayed my watch out for me, and I hope I was decently grateful.

"We'll watch out that nothing like that happens to us," answered Dave.

The man took his watch out of his pocket and studied for a moment.

I'll just watch out to see that everything's all right with you, and then I'll skidoo.

But when his temper is aroused and gets away from him, then watch out!

He had his watch out a thousand times trying to read its face.

You want to watch out, he'll do almost anything to get square.

After that you will have to watch out for yourselves as usual.

"You watch out for that Fred Plaice," Anita said, almost scoldingly.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wæcce "a watching," from wæccan (see watch (v.)). Sense of "sentinel" is recorded from c.1300; that of "person or group officially patroling a town (especially at night) to keep order, etc." is first recorded 1530s. Meaning "period of time in which a division of a ship's crew remains on deck" is from 1580s. Sense of "period into which a night was divided in ancient times" translates Latin vigilia, Greek phylake, Hebrew ashmoreth.

The meaning "small timepiece" is from 1580s, developing from that of "a clock to wake up sleepers" (mid-15c.).

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