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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
1915-1920
1915-20
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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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