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What does it mean when you dream about watching something?

Watching something in a dream could reflect suspicion, though it could also simply be a message from our subconscious that we need to pay more attention to something. A dream about watching could also be alluding to the meaning of a common idiom, such as “watch your back,” “a watched pot never boils,” “it’s like watching grass grow,” “watch the clock,” etc.

References in classic literature ?
Spellbound, he stood a while watching the lovely lady.
Hamel was watching the proceedings with a puzzled frown.
Proceeding to the former camping ground of the Nez Perces, they found the lodges deserted; upon which they hid themselves among the willows and thickets, watching for some straggler who might guide them to the present "whereabout" of their intended victims.
He took more care than ever, since he was watching another, that the positions were not reversed.
"'De Ville will bear watching,' I said to myself, and I really breathed easier when I saw him go out the entrance to the circus grounds and board an electric car for down town.
He did this often, and once, with a hasty movement, crossed to where some men were watching in the prison lodge, and had his foot upon the steps as though determined to accost them.
Over the taffrail leant a silent black figure, watching the stars.
Prince Andrew liked dancing, and wishing to escape as quickly as possible from the political and clever talk which everyone addressed to him, wishing also to break up the circle of restraint he disliked, caused by the Emperor's presence, he danced, and had chosen Natasha because Pierre pointed her out to him and because she was the first pretty girl who caught his eye; but scarcely had he embraced that slender supple figure and felt her stirring so close to him and smiling so near him than the wine of her charm rose to his head, and he felt himself revived and rejuvenated when after leaving her he stood breathing deeply and watching the other dancers.
For two hours after landing the little party stood watching the burning ship which they had abandoned.
The man who stood watching him with cold scrutiny was the one man on earth whom he feared--Surgeon Major Thomson.
The room in which he was watching was a room in his own house.
The talk was principally kept up by the men, while the women were absorbed in watching every detail of the ceremony, which always means so much to them.