to keep an eye on meaning?

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What's the meaning of "to keep an eye on" idiom? Please give me some examples!

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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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Idiom Definition:


"to keep an eye on"
to actively monitor something or someone and intervene or take action if necessary
 
Synonyms: attend, baby-sit, care, check, follow, foster, guard, mind, minister, mother, nurse, nurture, observe, protect, provide, regard, see, shelter, shield, sit, tend, oversee, watch
 




 


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Idiom Scenario 1:


Grace is stirring a pot on the stove as Ned reads the newspaper ...
Grace: "I've just realized that I forgot the bread for supper. I'm going to go to the market and buy it now. Please keep an eye on this pot of gravy. You will need to stir it or it will burn and get lumpy. Oh, and keep an eye on little Fred. I don't want him getting into trouble.
Ned: "Yes dear. I'll take care of the gravy while you are gone and I'll make sure little Fred behaves."


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Idiom Usage:

to keep an eye on someone or something
to keep your eye on someone or something
to keep a close eye on someone or something
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Keeping an eye on children is the best way to keep them safe.
 
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Idiom Scenario 2:



A school guidance counselor and a school teacher are talking about a student, Dan.
Counselor: "Did you know that Dan's grandfather has just died?"
Teacher: "No, I didn't. Were Dan and his grandfather close?"
Counselor: "Very close. I'm a little worried about Dan."
Teacher: "I'll keep a close eye on him and make sure he is OK."
Counselor: "Would you please tell me if Dan shows major behavioral changes?"
Teacher: "If I see anything, I will be sure to tell you."
Counselor: "Thanks."

 
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