spy out the land

Definition of spy out the land

chiefly British

  1. :  to find or get more information about a situation secretly and before making a decision

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to watch secretly usually for hostile purposes

    :  to catch sight of :  see

    :  to observe or search for something :  look

  1. :  one that spies:

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

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

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

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

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

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

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

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

landplay
  1. :  the solid part of the surface of the earth

    :  a corresponding part of a celestial body (such as the moon)

    :  ground or soil of a specified situation, nature, or quality

  1. :  to set or put on shore from a ship :  disembark

    :  to set down after conveying

    :  to cause to reach or come to rest in a particular place


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