spy out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of spy out

: to notice, find, or learn about (something) by looking often in a secret way
  • They were trying to spy out the enemy's position.

Word by Word Definitions

spy play
  1. : to watch secretly usually for hostile purposes

  2. : to catch sight of : see

  3. : to search or look for intensively

  1. : one that spies:

  2. : one who keeps secret watch on a person or thing to obtain information

  3. : a person employed by one nation to secretly convey classified information of strategic importance to another nation

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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