watching brief

noun

Definition of watching brief

British
:an act of watching the actions of a person or organization to make sure nothing illegal or wrong is being done
  • They have been keeping a watching brief on the company's financial dealings.

Word by Word Definitions

watch play watching
  1. : to keep vigil as a devotional exercise

  2. : to be awake during the night

  3. : to be attentive or vigilant

  1. : the act of keeping awake to guard, protect, or attend

  2. : the state of being wakeful

  3. : a wake over a dead body

brief play
  1. : short in duration, extent, or length

  2. : concise

  3. : curt, abrupt

  1. : an official letter or mandate (see 1mandate 1)

  2. : a specific instruction or responsibility

  3. : a concise article (as in a newspaper)

  1. : to make an abstract or abridgment of

  2. : to give final precise instructions to

  3. : to coach thoroughly in advance


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