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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.
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