Definition of watching brief noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


watching brief

BrE BrE//ˌwɒtʃɪŋ ˈbriːf//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌwɑːtʃɪŋ ˈbriːf//
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the task of watching a group, especially a political organization, to make sure that it is doing everything it should and nothing wrong or illegal to have/keep/hold a watching brief on somebody