- a dog kept to guard property, as by barking
- a person or group that keeps watch in order to prevent waste, unethical practices, etc.
to act as a watchdog over
- A dog trained to guard people or property.
- One who serves as a guardian or protector against waste, loss, or illegal practices.
(third-person singular simple present watchdogs, present participle watchdogging, simple past and past participle watchdogged)
- To perform a function analogous to a watchdog.
- To guard and warn.
- According to the consumer watchdog organization Consumer Reports, credit counseling services can be fraudulent so you need to thoroughly investigate a service before you sign-up.
- McGruff Browser: The crime watchdog has partnered with Children's Educational Network to create a browser that offers access to over ten thousand pre-approved and child-friendly web sites.
- Before purchasing anything from an unknown retailer check with the Better Business Bureau and other watchdog services to make sure they haven't ripped off other consumers.
- The term organic is defined differently from the term natural by these watchdog agencies, but to the average consumer the descriptions may seem almost interchangeable.
- A well-known parents' watchdog group recently released a report saying that it considered some reality TV shows to be among the best things for kids to watch.