Many former East Germans still do not know who spied on them, what was reported and the consequences.
Would the adversaries come to blows when they spied each other at the same East End party?
I asked Stout whether he could name any right-wing journalists who spied for foreign governments.
The last release of secret docs revealed the Security Service spied on Charlie Chaplin at the request of J Edgar Hoover's FBI.
Using the tools at my disposal, I might have spied on almost any American citizen I chose.
Amongst an uncommonly ugly medley, I spied the second clerk, about one hundred and fifty feet above my own level.
“I have been wanting to know you ever since I first spied you this morning,” she beamed.
For him all the music of the place had turned to laughing discord—until he spied her.
I guess I was half crazy when I thought I had been spied out.
Unfortunately, Miss Mertons eyes had spied it on its journey.
mid-13c., from Old French espier "to spy," probably from Frankish *spehon, from Proto-Germanic *spekh- (cf. Old High German *spehon "to look out for, scout, spy," German spähen "to spy," Middle Dutch spien), the Germanic survivals of the productive PIE root *spek- "to look" (see scope (n.1)).
mid-13c., "one who spies on another," From Old French espie, probably from a Germanic source (see spy (v.)).