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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WATCHING OUT

And no harm at all, a good ear, when you got to do most of your own watching out.

The boys started down one bank, conversing and watching out.

"I thank you, Samana, for watching out over my sleep," spoke Siddhartha.

I've been watching out for you these ten years, to send you to hell with my own hands!

The master was watching out, and saw Mr. Chadsey on the pier.

He asked Joan whether she were watching out for the mystery.

I felt you cared for her; I thought you would be up there with her watching out for her!

Every hour I made a round of the ship, watching out sharp for a light.

Besides, he would not suspect that any one was watching out there in the darkness.

If they wanted us, I should think they would be watching out, wouldn't you?

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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