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government watchdognoun [C]

uk   us   GOVERNMENT
UK a ​governmentorganization that makes ​certain that ​companies in a particular ​industry are obeying the ​law: The ​energycompany is likely to be ​prosecuted after an ​investigation being ​carried out by the ​governmentwatchdog, 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 ​reportillegalacts or problems: The ​director of Common Cause, a ​governmentwatchdoggroup, said the court's ​action "​raisesquestions of favoritism." The Civic Federation, a business-backed ​governmentwatchdog, ​opposed the ​budget.
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