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watch′ and ward′

a continuous watch or vigil.
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Frederick B Allen, president of the Watch and Ward Society, thundered at a public meeting of the society in Boston in 1903.
Neil Miller's book "Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society's Crusade Against Books, Burlesque and the Social Evil" ($26.95 cloth, $23.95 e-book; Beacon Press) was officially published Tuesday.
The Watch and Ward Society "came of age when the Boston Brahmins were losing their grip on the city," Miller said.
One sociologist has calculated that from 1885 to 1892, 92.3 percent of the Watch and Ward Society membership was upper class.
Although Miller's book is about Boston, he cites a couple of instances in which it is obvious the Watch and Ward Society's influence was often felt in Worcester.