watchdog

 Person or group that scrutinizes the actions of business or government. See also nader’s raiders.
 ► “The GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE said yesterday the IRS* has delayed the start of a pilot program. The congressional watchdog agency said its review of Cyberfile plans found ‘many of the management and technical weaknesses’ that long have plagued IRS attempts to modernize its operations.” (Wall Street Journal, March 27, 1996, p. A1)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • watchdog — watch‧dog [ˈwɒtʆdɒg ǁ ˈwɑːtʆdɒːg, ˈwɒːtʆ ] noun [countable] LAW ORGANIZATIONS an independent organization responsible for making sure that companies in a particular industry or business do not do anything illegal: • France s stock market watchdog …   Financial and business terms

  • watchdog — [wächdôg΄, wôchdôg΄] n. 1. a dog kept to guard property, as by barking 2. a person or group that keeps watch in order to prevent waste, unethical practices, etc. vt. to act as a watchdog over …   English World dictionary

  • Watchdog — Watch dog (w[o^]ch d[o^]g ), n. A dog kept to watch and guard premises or property, and to give notice of the approach of intruders. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • watchdog — c.1600, from WATCH (Cf. watch) (v.) + DOG (Cf. dog). Figurative sense is attested from 1845 …   Etymology dictionary

  • watchdog — ► NOUN 1) a dog kept to guard private property. 2) a person or group that monitors the practices of companies providing a particular service or utility …   English terms dictionary

  • Watchdog — Der Begriff Watchdog (englisch; Wachhund, auch WDC für Watchdog Counter) wird verallgemeinert für eine Komponente eines Systems verwendet, die die Funktion anderer Komponenten überwacht. Wird dabei eine mögliche Fehlfunktion erkannt, so wird… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Watchdog — A watchdog is a dog who provides protection by watching for or guarding against intruders. ;In computing * Watchdog timer, a device in computer systems * Event Log Watchdog, a freeware software program * Watchdog Event Log, created by Windows… …   Wikipedia

  • watchdog — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ consumer ▪ environmental, financial, health (BrE), industry, media (esp. AmE), nuclear, safety ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • watchdog — UK [ˈwɒtʃˌdɒɡ] / US [ˈwɑtʃˌdɔɡ] noun [countable] Word forms watchdog : singular watchdog plural watchdogs 1) a person or organization that works to stop people from doing illegal things in a particular area of business or society a… …   English dictionary

  • watchdog — /woch dawg , dog /, n., adj., v., watchdogged, watchdogging. n. 1. a dog kept to guard property. 2. a watchful guardian: a self appointed watchdog of the public morals. adj. 3. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a watchdog. 4. organized or… …   Universalium

  • watchdog — watch|dog [ watʃ,dɔg ] noun count 1. ) a person or organization that works to stop people from doing illegal things in a particular area of business or society: a consumer/congressional/government watchdog watchdog agency/body/group: a watchdog… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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