since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English
ESL Downloads - click 4 FREE stuff

watch yourself

This page is about the conversational phrase watch yourself

Meaning

You can say this if you want to warn somebody about a danger.

For example

  • "How's the boss today?"
    "He's in a really bad mood, so watch yourself."

  • "Can I take a shower?"
    "Sure, but watch yourself. It gets pretty slippery in there when it's wet."

Note:
Also "watch out" (see Phrasal Verbs)

Quick Quiz

You can say "Watch yourself" to somebody who

a. needs to be careful

b. tries to look good

c. looks a bit tired

Contributor: Matt Errey