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watch·dog

 (wŏch′dôg′, -dŏg′)
n.
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.

watchdog

(ˈwɒtʃˌdɒɡ)
n
1. (Zoology) a dog kept to guard property
2.
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.

watch•dog

(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.
v.t.
3. to watch carefully, esp. so as to detect illegal or unethical conduct.
[1600–10]
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

watchdog

noun
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.
Translations
كَلْب الحِراسَه
vagthund
házõrzõ kutya
varîhundur
strážny pes
pes čuvaj
bekçi köpeği

watchdog

[ˈwɒtʃdɒg]
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

watchdog

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

watchdog

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

watch

(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.
verb
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 ?
In the dead hush of midnight, he could even hear the barking of the watchdog from the opposite shore of the Hudson; but it was so vague and faint as only to give an idea of his distance from this faithful companion of man.
It was eleven o'clock, and I announced my intention of going in and waiting for him; at which he immediately flung down his tools and accompanied me, in the office of watchdog, not as a substitute for the host.
A small watchdog ran round barking in front of the harnessed horses.
He leaves Kleber in command, a great watchdog who passed in his checks at Cairo, murdered by an Egyptian whom they put to death by spiking him with a bayonet, which is their way of guillotining people out there; but he suffered so much, that a soldier took pity on the scoundrel and handed his flask to him; and the Egyptian turned up his eyes then and there with all the pleasure in life.
Pinocchio is caught by a Farmer, who uses him as a watchdog for his chicken coop
In the meantime, since my watchdog died today, you may take his place and guard my henhouse.
If I were only like so many others and had studied and worked and stayed with my poor old father, I should not find myself here now, in this field and in the darkness, taking the place of a farmer's watchdog.
For several successive evenings the cattle assembled round the smouldering ruins, as if in anxious expectation of the return of their masters, while all night long the faithful watchdogs of the Neutrals howled over the scene of desolation, and mourned alike the hand that had fed, and the house that had sheltered them.
To keep watchdogs, who, from want of discipline or hunger, or some evil habit, or evil habit or other, would turn upon the sheep and worry them, and behave not like dogs but wolves, would be a foul and monstrous thing in a shepherd?
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