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listening post

noun
1.
Military. a post or position, as in advance of a defensive line, established for the purpose of listening to detect the enemy's movements.
2.
any foreign country or city viewed as a source of intelligence about an enemy or rival nation or one that is a potential enemy.
3.
any concealed position maintained to obtain information:
The government had listening posts to keep informed of revolutionary activities.
Origin of listening post
1915-1920
1915-20
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  • It's your turn to go out on listening post to-night, sergeant.

    The Valley of Vision Henry Van Dyke
  • "I wish I could get on a listening post," he thought to himself.

  • Such was the death meted out by justice to six Germans in a listening post fifty yards in advance of their trench.

  • We were on listening post in a shell-hole in No Man's Land, and the night was black.

  • Every listening post will be visited at least once by an officer during his tour of duty.

    Military Instructors Manual James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
  • The enemy's listening post faced us and was only fifteen yards from our own.

    A Blue Devil of France G. P. Capart
  • They were only about 30 yards from the enemy trenches, and a listening post runs out from their front line.

    The Irish at the Front Michael MacDonagh
  • I was almost at the edge of the parapet of the listening post.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
  • He had gone a few yards when a doughboy jumped up out of a listening post and began to signal to him.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • As soon as they rose a rifle was fired from a listening post about 15 yards away.

    The Irish at the Front Michael MacDonagh
British Dictionary definitions for listening post

listening post

noun
1.
(military) a forward position set up to obtain early warning of enemy movement LP
2.
any strategic position or place for obtaining information about another country or area
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Contemporary definitions for listening post
noun

any position from which to listen or gather information

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