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1wiretap

verb wire·tap \ˈwī(-ə)r-ˌtap\

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

Full Definition of WIRETAP

intransitive verb
:  to tap a telephone or telegraph wire in order to get information
transitive verb
:  to tap the telephone of

Examples of WIRETAP

  1. The FBI wiretapped his phone.

First Known Use of WIRETAP

1904

2wiretap

noun

: 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
:  the act or an instance of wiretapping
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.

First Known Use of WIRETAP

1948

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