verb (used with object), watch·dogged, watch·dog·ging.
- watch pocket,
- watched pot never boils, a,
Origin of watchdog
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)|Alon Ben-Meir|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to the watchdog group, this systemic abuse has led to hundreds of political prisoners being detained across the country.
One watchdog group reported shortages of ballots, technical problems, and ballot stuffing.
The familiar notion of the press as a watchdog for government only arose much later.
Thankfully, a watchdog group of unskewers at the Science Media Centre examined the actual facts.
The grim brute, like the watchdog of the old mythology, has three heads, and each gaping for honey cakes.Expositions of Holy Scripture|Alexander Maclaren
In the hush of midnight he could hear the watchdog bark, distant and vague, from the far opposite shore of the Hudson.America, Volume III (of 6)|Joel Cook
His instinct was merely to remain there, like a watchdog, and never take his eyes off her till the time came for him to spring."Persons Unknown"|Virginia Tracy
It was Stephen the Watchdog who looked in over the half-door to give this piece of information.One Snowy Night|Emily Sarah Holt
Yet, such is the nature of dogs and men, the watchdog was never more numerous nor more alert than today.
- a person or group of persons that acts as a protector or guardian against inefficiency, illegal practices, etc
- (as modifier)a watchdog committee