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watch Idioms & Phrases


Alarm clock or watch

  • a clock or watch which can be so set as to ring or strike loudly at a prearranged hour, to wake from sleep, or excite attention.
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analog watch

  • noun a watch that represents time by the position of hands on a dial
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Anchor watch

  • (Naut.), a detail of one or more men who keep watch on deck when a vessel is at anchor.
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Beat of a watch, ∨ clock

  • the stroke or sound made by the action of the escapement. A clock is in beat or out of beat, according as the strokes is at equal or unequal intervals.
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clock-watching

  • noun paying excessive attention to the clock (in anticipation of stopping work)
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continuous receiver watch

  • noun a watch established for the reception of traffic of interest to the unit maintaining the watch
    continuous receiver watch.
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day watch

  • noun workers who work during the day (as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
    day shift.
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digital watch

  • noun a watch with a digital display
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Duplex watch

  • one with a duplex escapement.
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Equation clock ∨ watch

  • a timepiece made to exhibit the differences between mean solar and apparent solar time. Knight.
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fire watching

  • noun (during World War II in Britain) watching for fires started by bombs that dropped from the sky
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First watch

  • (Naut.), the watch from eight to twelve at midnight; also, the men on duty during that time.
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graveyard watch

  • noun a watch during the night (as from midnight to 8 a.m.)
    graveyard watch; midwatch; middle watch.
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Harbor watch

  • a watch set when a vessel is in port; an anchor watch.
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Hunting watch

  • noun a watch with a hinged metal lid to protect the crystal
    hunter.
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  • . See Hunter, 6.
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Independent seconds watch

  • a stop watch having a second hand driven by a separate set of wheels, springs, etc., for timing to a fraction of a second.
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Lever watch

  • a watch having a vibrating lever to connect the action of the escape wheel with that of the balance.
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listening watch

  • noun a watch established for the reception of traffic of interest to the unit maintaining the watch
    continuous receiver watch.
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Middle watch

  • noun a watch during the night (as from midnight to 8 a.m.)
    graveyard watch; midwatch; middle watch.
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  • the period from midnight to four A. M.; also, the men on watch during that time. Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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Morning watch

  • (Naut.), the watch between four A. M. and eight A. M..
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Night watch

  • noun a watch during the night (as from midnight to 8 a.m.)
    graveyard watch; midwatch; middle watch.
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  • . (a) A period in the night, as distinguished by the change of watch. (b) A watch, or guard, to aford protection in the night .
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Officer of the deck, ∨ Officer of the watch

  • (Naut.), the officer temporarily in charge on the deck of a vessel, esp. a war vessel.
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pendulum watch

  • noun (18th century) a watch with a balance wheel having a fake pendulum attached to it
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pocket watch

  • noun a watch that is carried in a small watch pocket
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Quarter watch

  • (Naut.), a subdivision of the full watch (one fourth of the crew) on a man-of- war.
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Repeating watch

  • . See Repeater (a)
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stand watch

  • verb watch over so as to protect
    stand guard; keep guard; stand sentinel.
    • We must stand sentinel to protect ourselves
    • The jewels over which they kept guard were stolen
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Stop watch

  • noun a timepiece that can be started or stopped for exact timing (as of a race)
    stopwatch.
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  • a watch the hands of which can be stopped in order to tell exactly the time that has passed, as in timing a race. See Independent seconds watch, under Independent, a.
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To be on the watch

  • to be looking steadily for some event.
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To regulate a watchclock

  • to adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard time.
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To set the watch

  • (Naut.), to place the starboard or port watch on duty.
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To watch over

  • to be cautiously observant of; to inspect, superintend, and guard.
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Watch and ward

  • (Law), the charge or care of certain officers to keep a watch by night and a guard by day in towns, cities, and other districts, for the preservation of the public peace. Wharton. Burrill.
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Watch and watch

  • (Naut.), the regular alternation in being on watch and off watch of the two watches into which a ship's crew is commonly divided.
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Watch barrel

  • the brass box in a watch, containing the mainspring.
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Watch bell

  • (Naut.), a bell struck when the half-hour glass is run out, or at the end of each half hour. Craig.
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Watch bill

  • (Naut.), a list of the officers and crew of a ship as divided into watches, with their stations. Totten.
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watch bracelet

  • noun a band of cloth or leather or metal links attached to a wristwatch and wrapped around the wrist
    watchstrap; bracelet; watchband; wristband.
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watch cap

  • noun a knitted dark blue wool cap worn by seamen in cold or stormy weather
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Watch case

  • noun the metal case in which the works of a watch are housed
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  • the case, or outside covering, of a watch; also, a case for holding a watch, or in which it is kept.
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Watch chain

  • noun short chain or ribbon attaching a pocket watch to a man's vest
    watch chain; fob.
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  • . Same as watch guard, below.
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Watch clock

  • a watchman's clock; see under Watchman.
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watch crystal

  • noun a protective cover that protects the face of a watch
    crystal; watch crystal.
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Watch fire

  • noun a fire lighted at night as a signal
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  • a fire lighted at night, as a signal, or for the use of a watch or guard.
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Watch glass

  • noun laboratory glassware; a shallow glass dish used as an evaporating surface or to cover a beaker
  • noun a protective cover that protects the face of a watch
    crystal; watch crystal.
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  • . (a) A concavo-convex glass for covering the face, or dial, of a watch; also called watch crystal. (b) (Naut.) A half-hour glass used to measure the time of a watch on deck. (c) (Chem.) A round concavo-convex glass of shallow depth used for certain manipulations of chemicals in a laboratory.
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Watch guard

  • noun short chain or ribbon attaching a pocket watch to a man's vest
    watch chain; fob.
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  • a chain or cord by which a watch is attached to the person.
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Watch gun

  • (Naut.), a gun sometimes fired on shipboard at 8 p. m., when the night watch begins.
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watch key

  • noun winder consisting of a key with a square hole; used for winding some watches
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Watch light

  • a low-burning lamp used by watchers at night; formerly, a candle having a rush wick.
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Watch night

  • noun a devotional service (especially on New Year's Eve)
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  • The last night of the year; so called by the Methodists, Moravians, and others, who observe it by holding religious meetings lasting until after midnight.
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watch out

  • verb be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful
    look out; watch.
    • Watch out for pickpockets!
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watch over

  • verb follow with the eyes or the mind
    follow; observe; watch; keep an eye on.
    • Keep an eye on the baby, please!
    • The world is watching Sarajevo
    • She followed the men with the binoculars
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Watch paper

  • an old-fashioned ornament for the inside of a watch case, made of paper cut in some fanciful design, as a vase with flowers, etc.
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watch pocket

  • noun a vest pocket to hold a pocket watch
    fob.
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Watch tackle

  • (Naut.), a small, handy purchase, consisting of a tailed double block, and a single block with a hook.
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wrist watch

  • noun a watch that is worn strapped to the wrist
    wristwatch.
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