- a dog kept to guard property.
- a watchful guardian: a self-appointed watchdog of the public morals.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a watchdog.
- organized or functioning as a watchful guardian, especially against illegal or unethical conduct: a watchdog group in the legislature.
- to watch carefully, especially so as to detect illegal or unethical conduct.
Origin of watchdog
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Examples from the Web for watchdog
He charged his trusted advisor Yitzhak Molcho to act as a watchdog to prevent any progress.Goodbye to Israel’s Lousy Government (Let’s Hope the Next One Isn’t Worse)
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According to the watchdog group, this systemic abuse has led to hundreds of political prisoners being detained across the country.Forget About a Kindler Gentler Iran
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One watchdog group reported shortages of ballots, technical problems, and ballot stuffing.The View of Iraq From Troops in Afghanistan
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The familiar notion of the press as a watchdog for government only arose much later.How the News Business Found Its Footing
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Thankfully, a watchdog group of unskewers at the Science Media Centre examined the actual facts.Does Fatherhood Make Men Healthier?
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"Perhaps he feels as if he were our watchdog, Babbie," she said.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
And then the "watchdog" exhibited the first evidence of spirit that it had ever been known to show.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
To mention the case of the Montana to this watchdog was dangerous.Blow The Man Down
“Stephen the Watchdog knows me,” said Derette, drawing a long breath.One Snowy Night
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"It wouldn't be a bad thing to have a watchdog," said Henry.The Box-Car Children
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- a dog kept to guard property
- a person or group of persons that acts as a protector or guardian against inefficiency, illegal practices, etc
- (as modifier)a watchdog committee
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Word Origin and History for watchdog
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