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watchdog

Colloquial term for a voluntary or professional overseer of a service or service provider.
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The concerns of the watchdogs were voiced after banks started leaving the panel that sets the rate.
When you walk the hallways, you understand what's really going on," says WatchDOG dad Chris Jenkins.
National watchdogs will now exchange information and work together on cases under the new Consumer Protection Co-operation strategy.
Travellers using Cardiff Airport could soon have a watchdog to fight their corner and help secure compensation for delays or lost luggage.
EU watchdogs said the list of passengers' personal data to be passed on to the United States should be narrowed down and its use limited to terrorism and related crimes.
The regional NHS Executive said in its annual review of Coventry Community Health Council that the watchdog was continuing to provide a "proven quality service" to the public.
The future Speaker of the House isn't interested in helping congressional watchdogs do their work.
One key point of contact between federal law enforcement agencies and the "watchdog" community is the "Militia Watchdog Mailing List," an e-mail discussion forum established through the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training program (SLATT).
The best we get from watchdogs these days are post-mortem analyses--i.