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Daemon
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man the fort

To mind or take charge of a location during the time in which it is unattended by another. More...

KSPavan
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man the fort — To mind or take charge of a location during the time in which it is unattended by another.
ibj_ldn
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man the fort

(idiomatic) To take care of a place or situation in another's absence.

1995, Richard Price, Sally Price, Enigma variations (page 44)

He excused himself from his nephew, ran a comb through his hair, buttoned up a clean shirt, and told his eight-year-old son to man the fort while he was gone.

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Emel Rapchan
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man the fort
- While the government has been fighting against the oppositions about the Budget Agreement, the other minor parties have manned the fort by hauling their bills in the House without the majority consensus.
- My father asked me to man the fort while he's recovering from the surgery by keeping the company rolling smoothly and nicely.

hold down the fort / hold the fort (another equivalent expressions)
- I need to go out for some hours. You will hold down the fort while I'm not around.
- You don't need to be worried about this because I'm holding the fort here!

be as safe as Fort Knox (another interesting reçlated expression that I came across)
- My father was a man with a plan. He knew everything someone needs to know about a thing. He was safe as Fort Knox.

MAN- in this particular use, this word is a transitive verb meaning:
- to supply with men,
- to take stations at a battle theatre,
- to fortify or buttress.
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