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watchdog

noun [C] uk   /ˈwɒtʃ.dɒɡ/  us   /ˈwɑːtʃ.dɑːɡ/

watchdog noun [C] (ORGANIZATION)

a person or organization responsible for making certain that companies obey particular standards and do not act illegally: The Countryside Commission was set up as the government's official watchdog on conservation.

watchdog noun [C] (DOG)

US a guard dog
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