They were accused of spying for a foreign government.
I spy a motel off in the distance, so let's spend the night there. Noun
He was a spy for the CIA.
My coworker is a spy for the boss.
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We’re told to watch for fire ants, will spy tiny hopping frogs and many tree branches contain some sort of colorful pet.—Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Here guests will spy a hanging monkey, trying to manipulate a timer that is designed to release food.—Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 From the water, Rowan spied a charming dockside emporium that looked ideal.—Shawn Tully, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2023 Multiple lawmakers argued that the spying allegations should support a harder line against China.—William Booth, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2023 That legislation expands the list of activities that could be considered spying, intensifying the risks for foreign firms.—Time, 21 Aug. 2023 Mosab Hassan Yousef, the eldest son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, was raised within the militant group but later turned against it and spied for the Israeli Shin Bet.—Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 23 Oct. 2023 Complex female relationships remain at the core of the show, with Johanna forced to join forces with a spying countess who quickly spots her potential (Jeanette Hain).—Marta Balaga, Variety, 7 Oct. 2023 And he was accused of trying to spy for a hostile state, identified by the BBC as Iran.—Karla Adam, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2023
Glover also stars alongside Maya Erskine in the series, in which two lonely strangers go undercover as a married couple working for a mysterious spy agency—then, inevitably, fall in love for real.—Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 16 Nov. 2023 Relations, however, had hardly stabilized when the U.S. shot down a Chinese spy balloon in February, plunging diplomatic relations to another low.—Byaamer Madhani, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023 In February, after the US shot down a Chinese spy balloon that had crossed North America, the Pentagon said that the secretary of defense, Lloyd Austin, was unable to reach his Chinese counterpart via a special hotline.—WIRED, 13 Nov. 2023 The career diplomat turned spy chief is expected to meet with intelligence counterparts and other officials for discussions on the Gaza conflict, including preventing its spread, and to facilitate hostage negotiations that appear to have stalled in recent weeks.—Margaret Brennan, CBS News, 8 Nov. 2023 The film plays like a spy thriller with the discovery of secret files on the family, covert surveillance of a suspect, and the heated delivery of accusations and denunciations.—Leo Barraclough, Variety, 3 Nov. 2023 Perry, 39, is a former prosecutor and CIA officer often likened to Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), who also worked in a covert capacity for the spy agency.—Teo Armus, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 Several years later, the FBI and U.S. Army investigated complaints from four women who said Knight groped them or touched them inappropriately during a visit to a U.S. spy agency in 2015.—Mike Kupper, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 South Korea North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered officials to support Palestinians and could be considering selling weapons to militant groups in the Middle East, according to South Korea's spy agency.—Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English spien, from Anglo-French espier, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German spehōn to spy; akin to Latin specere to look, look at, Greek skeptesthai & skopein to watch, look at, consider