spy out the land

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of spy out the land

chiefly British
:to find or get more information about a situation secretly and before making a decision

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

land play
  1. : the solid part of the surface of the earth

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

  3. : the surface of the earth and all its natural resources

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

  2. : to set down after conveying

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


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