The BBC's Clare Arthurs looks at some of the words and phrases often used in the news and their meanings in various contexts.
This week: watchdog
Clare Arthurs on: watchdog
- to regulate
to control an industry by using rules
The US Treasury has revealed tough new rules to regulate the financial sector. (BBC News)
- to oversee
to watch or check something to make sure it behaves properly and does what it is supposed to do
Volunteers are to oversee the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) by a police force. (BBC News)
- a monitor
an organisation or person who checks that something is being done fairly and correctly
The complaints emerging about fraud in the Afghan presidential and provincial elections have thrust the role of international election monitors into the spotlight. (BBC News)
behaviour or action that is illegal
Two ex-ministers deny wrongdoing over reports they were prepared to use government contacts to help a lobbying firm. (BBC News)
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