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watchdog

[woch-dawg, -dog] /ˈwɒtʃˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
noun
1.
a dog kept to guard property.
2.
a watchful guardian:
a self-appointed watchdog of the public morals.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a watchdog.
4.
organized or functioning as a watchful guardian, especially against illegal or unethical conduct:
a watchdog group in the legislature.
verb (used with object), watchdogged, watchdogging.
5.
to watch carefully, especially so as to detect illegal or unethical conduct.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; watch + dog
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watchdog

/ˈwɒtʃˌdɒɡ/
noun
1.
a dog kept to guard property
2.
  1. a person or group of persons that acts as a protector or guardian against inefficiency, illegal practices, etc
  2. (as modifier) a watchdog committee
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