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 (wŏch′dôg′, -dŏg′)
1. A dog trained to guard people or property.
2. One who serves as a guardian or protector against waste, loss, or illegal practices.

watch′dog′ v.


1. (Zoology) a dog kept to guard property
a. a person or group of persons that acts as a protector or guardian against inefficiency, illegal practices, etc
b. (as modifier): a watchdog committee.


(ˈwɒtʃˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg)

n., v. -dogged, -dog•ging. n.
1. a dog kept to guard property.
2. a watchful guardian: a watchdog of the public morals.
3. to watch carefully, esp. so as to detect illegal or unethical conduct.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.watchdog - a guardian or defender against theft or illegal practices or wastewatchdog - a guardian or defender against theft or illegal practices or waste; "she is the global watchdog for human rights abuses"
defender, guardian, protector, shielder - a person who cares for persons or property
2.watchdog - a dog trained to guard propertywatchdog - a dog trained to guard property  
working dog - any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogs
kuvasz - long-established Hungarian breed of tall light-footed but sturdy white dog; used also as a hunting dog
attack dog - a watchdog trained to attack on command
housedog - a dog trained to guard a house
schipperke - breed of small stocky black dogs originally used as watchdogs on boats in the Netherlands and Belgium
pinscher - any of three breeds of dogs whose ears and tail are usually cropped


1. guardian, monitor, inspector, protector, custodian, scrutineer the government's consumer watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading
2. guard dog A good watchdog can be a faithful friend as well as a deterrent to intruders.
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bekçi köpeği


A. N
1. (= guard dog) → perro m guardián
2. (fig) (= person) → guardián/ana m/f; (= organization) → organismo m protector
a consumer watchdogun organismo que protege los intereses del consumidor
B. CPD watchdog committee Ncomisión f protectora


[ˈwɒtʃdɒg] n
(= animal) → chien m de garde
(= organization) → organisme m de contrôle


1. ncane m da guardia (fig) → sorvegliante m/f
2. adjdi controllo
a watchdog committee → un comitato di controllo


(wotʃ) noun
1. a small instrument for telling the time by, worn on the wrist or carried in the pocket of a waistcoat etc. He wears a gold watch; a wrist-watch.
2. a period of standing guard during the night. I'll take the watch from two o'clock till six.
3. in the navy etc, a group of officers and men who are on duty at a given time. The night watch come(s) on duty soon.
1. to look at (someone or something). He was watching her carefully; He is watching television.
2. to keep a lookout (for). They've gone to watch for the ship coming in; Could you watch for the postman?
3. to be careful of (someone or something). Watch (that) you don't fall off!; Watch him! He's dangerous.
4. to guard or take care of. Watch the prisoner and make sure he doesn't escape; Please watch the baby while I go shopping.
5. to wait for (a chance, opportunity etc). Watch your chance, and then run.
ˈwatcher noun
ˈwatchful adjective
alert and cautious. watchful eyes; If you are watchful you will not be robbed.
ˈwatchfully adverb
ˈwatchfulness noun
ˈwatchdog noun
a dog which guards someone's property etc. We leave a watchdog in our office at night to scare away thieves.
ˈwatchmaker noun
a person who makes and repairs watches, clocks etc.
ˈwatchman noun
(often ˌnight-ˈwatchman) a man employed to guard a building etc against thieves, especially at night. The bank-robbers shot the (night-)watchman.
ˈwatchtower noun
an old word for a tower on which a lookout is posted.
ˈwatchword noun
a motto or slogan used by members of a group of people who think (or act) alike. Let freedom be our watchword!
keep watch
to be on guard. He kept watch while the other soldiers slept.
watch one's step
to be careful what one does or says. He's in a bad mood, so watch your step and don't say anything wrong!
watch out (with for)
to be careful (of). Watch out for the cars!; Watch out! The police are coming!
watch over
to guard or take care of. The mother bird is watching over her young.
References in classic literature ?
This was my first experience with a Martian watch dog, but it was destined not to be my last, for this fellow guarded me carefully during the time I remained a captive among these green men; twice saving my life, and never voluntarily being away from me a moment.
government proposal to recount votes from the disputed presidential election as a human rights watch dog accused Iran's government forces of staging nightly raids against residents in Tehran to quell protests.
Capitol Cat & Watch Dog teaches children and adults about history and values as its main characters cooperate to achieve a positive contemporary goal.
Within just a few weeks of hitting the market, at least 40 documented errors were reported to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a non-profit, educational and watch dog organization for the pharmaceutical industry Confusion has occurred due to the similarity among three different medications: Celebrex, Celexa (an antidepressant), and Cerebyx (an anti-seizure medication).
Consumer watch dog group and long-time olestra opponent Center for Science in the Public Interest told F&DW that it had not yet reviewed the popcorn petition and thus, had no comment to make.
The government announcement said Google and Baidu, China's two most heavily used search engines, had failed to take "efficient" measures after receiving notices from the country's internet watch dog that they were providing links to pornographic material.
BANKING giant HSBC yesterday faced the prospect of an investigation by the City watch dog after admitting it had lost a disc containing details of around 370,000 customers.
PARENTS do not know the dangers their children face by posting details about themselves on social networking sites, watch dog Ofcom said today.
Visitors to the Moreton Morrell campus can also watch dog agility shows, tractor-handling demonstrations and walk around a farmers' market.
I would run screaming from the store from any dealer who started talking about rugs as financial investments,'' adds Roz Rustigian, president of the Oriental Rug Retailers of America, the agency that serves as a watch dog to the Oriental rug industry.
Amid the acceptance, consumer watch dog group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, says FDA is "throwing caution to the wind" in its approval of Ace-K.
Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists was hired as our watch dog to make sure Envision did what they promised," said Michael Sullivan, SMWIA's President.