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English definition of “government watchdog”

government watchdog

noun [C]     GOVERNMENT
UK a government organization that makes certain that companies in a particular industry are obeying the law : The energy company is likely to be prosecuted after an investigation being carried out by the government watchdog , the Scottish Environment Protection Agency .
( US also government watchdog group, also government watchdog organization) a group that watches the activities of a particular part of government in order to report illegal acts or problems : The director of Common Cause , a government watchdog group , said the court's action " raises questions of favoritism ." The Civic Federation , a business-backed government watchdog , opposed the budget .
(Definition of government watchdog noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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