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watchdog

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈwɒtʃdɒɡ/ SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
an official organization that is responsible for checking that companies obey particular rules and laws so that the standard of the products or services they provide is acceptable: government/independent/official watchdog The government created an independent watchdog to monitor the rising overseas aid budget. a competition/market watchdog a pollution/safety watchdog a watchdog agency/group/organization →  See also consumer watchdog
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