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I've got a favourite series, I hope you know it; it's called - The Dark Tower. I read them in English but I'm not a native speaker so I'm sure I couldn't understand everthing perfectly but it isn't a problem... but there is a terribly important sentence in it which I'm not able to translate. I would be grateful if any of you could help me and could explain what it means. Maybe one of you who has already read these books.

This is THE sentenve: "I set my watch and warrant on it."

Thanks a lot.
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Hi Letti,

"I set my watch and warrant on it."

'To set your watch' means to adjust it to the correct time. 'To warrant' here means 'to guarantee'. The meaning is that I trust my watch, it will not show the incorrect time. I guarantee this.

When you buy a watch, you receive a paper that promises this, called either a 'guarantee' or a 'warranty'.

Enjoy your book, Clive
Thanks a lot, I'm sure your answer is good, as well.
But sadly, it can't have this sort of meaning in the book, because the character who always says this sentence doesn't have a watch, moreover, he has never met or seen a watch in his life. Emotion: smile
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Hi,

It would be more efficient if you told me what this guy is doing, rather than what he isn't doing! In other words, a little context would be helpful.

Another meaning of watch is 'to keep watch', as in 'You guys can sleep, and I'll take the first watch', meaning 'I'll stay awake and guard you'.

Clive
As Clive says, context would be helpful My quess is, though, that it's just a metaphorical way of saying "I depend on it to be an accurate guide" (whatever "it" is!).
I don't know the series, so can only guess at the meaning. However, "warrant" can mean "guarantee"; "I set my warrant on it" could therefore mean "I guarantee that it is so".

"Watch" is a little more difficult. When something happens "on your watch", it happens during your period of responsibility. So perhaps we can take "I set my watch on it" here as "I take full responsibility for it".

Put together, the meaning might therefore be "I guarantee and vouch for the fact that this is so".

(I would not however set either my watch or my warrant on my interpretation.)

MrP
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That's very kind of you that you keep trying to help me. I feel you are close to the real meaning of this sentence!
The man, who always says it, is a hero who wants to save the world. Emotion: smile
I can give you a little context but I think, you have already found the nearly right answer!
Thanks! It means a lot to me!

In context:
"They'll be there before the sun goes rooftop tomorrow. I set my watch and warrant on it"

"Not quite the way I learned it in my cradle and taught it to my friends," Roland said, "but close enough, by watch and by warrant."

Hello Letti

The first example seems to mean "I guarantee it"; the second seems to be a mild oath, like "on my troth!", or "upon my word!".

I would guess that in the context of the series (for which this phrase seems to have been invented), "my watch and warrant" has a sense of "my honour", or "my word".

MrP
Greeting Sai Letti,

The others here have bascially got the gist of it, but I have an advantage in having read the series (and recently).

The specifics of this saying come from two seperate sources in the English language. Sai King has simply combined the two in order to give it its own exotic flavor.

In English if someone is very fanatical about being punctual, always showing up on time, never missing an appointment, etc, or if they have some habbit they perform absolutely without fail, then someone may comment that there actions are so precise or predictable that you could set your watch to them/it.

For example, say someone always went to a specifc dinner and ordered apple pie at the same exact time every single day (or on a specific day), say 12PM. You could then in theory set your watch on one of these days to 12PM and be fairly certain that it would be the correct time without looking at another clock.

As for the second term, the others were correct in saying it is like a warrantee. If you set your warrant on something you are simply guaranteeing that it is so.

Thus you will often come across the phrase you are speaking of in the following context:

Person 1: Makes a bold statement.

Person 2: Do you say so?

Person 1: Aye, I set my watch and warrant on it.

This means that yes he guarantees it.

Livingston
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