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wiretap

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verb wire·tap \ˈwī(-ə)r-ˌtap\

Simple Definition of wiretap

  • : to place a device on (someone's phone) in order to secretly listen to telephone calls

Full Definition of wiretap

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to tap a telephone or telegraph wire in order to get information

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to tap the telephone of


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wiretap

noun wire·tap

Simple Definition of wiretap

  • : a device that allows someone to secretly listen to phone conversations

  • : a conversation that has been recorded using a wiretap

Full Definition of wiretap

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of wiretapping

  2. 2 :  an electrical connection for wiretapping

Examples of wiretap

  1. Federal agents put a wiretap on his phone.

  2. Investigators listened to the wiretaps for clues about the suspect's whereabouts.



1948

First Known Use of wiretap

1948


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