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watch•dog



Pronunciation: (woch'dôg", -dog"), [key]
n., adj., v., -dogged, -dog•ging.


n.
1. a dog kept to guard property.
2. a watchful guardian: a self-appointed watchdog of the public morals.

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a watchdog.
2. organized or functioning as a watchful guardian, esp. against illegal or unethical conduct: a watchdog group in the legislature.

v.t.
to watch carefully, esp. so as to detect illegal or unethical conduct.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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