watching brief


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watching brief

n to hold or keep a watching briefeine Kontrollfunktion ausüben; he holds a watching brief for the Government over all aspects of industrial developmenter ist der Regierungsbeauftragte zur Überwachung der gesamten industriellen Entwicklung
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Rooney is set to start against the Euro 2016 hosts at Wembley, but the England captain will be reduced to a watching brief against Spain.
Carlton was confined to a watching brief - and didn't get a treasured winner's medal.
She then posted a career-best effort when third in the Lonsdale Cup at York, staying on stoutly over two miles after taking a watching brief in the early part of the race.
Coral go 5-4 for dangerous 21-year-old Thiem to complete back-to-back titles, but with Goffin also hitting top form this week the match is tough to call so a watching brief is advised.
Due to the possibility of unearthing archaeological remains during construction, the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust are providing a watching brief for the duration of the scheme.
Ilori, a starter in all three Group B games, was reduced to a watching brief for the Germany encounter due to a thigh complaint, but the Liverpool defender's frustration was outweighed by his delight at the performance.
Having been dismissed for 19 on the first day of the County Championship Division Two fixture, Kevin Pietersen was confined to a watching brief as his side kicked on from their commanding overnight position to declare on 563 for seven, before the hosts reached 124 for two in reply to trail by 439.
JOHN GOSDEN is keeping a watching brief on the ground at Deauville and has yet to confirm Kingman a starter in tomorrow's Prix Jacques le Marois.
The Te Henga/Bethells Bolsheviks maintain a watching brief on Te Pou--the Mental Health/Addictions arm of the Ministry of Health.
The Board will continue to consider all its options, monitoring the situation very closely, and in the light of the PLUS announcement, the Board will maintain a watching brief.
Moreover, Neil Elkes, local government correspondent for the Birmingham Mail, I'm sure would keep a watching brief to report if the mayor grew a tiny 'tache or if there were any signs of fraudulent activity.
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