stakeout

[steyk-out]
noun
1.
the surveillance of a location by the police, as in anticipation of a crime or the arrival of a wanted person.
2.
the place from which such surveillance is carried out.
3.
something that is bounded or separated by or as if by stakes, especially property, territory, or the like that one identifies or claims as one's own.

Origin:
1940–45; noun use of verb phrase stake out

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stakeout (ˈsteɪkaʊt)
 
n
1.  a police surveillance of an area, house, or criminal suspect
2.  an area or house kept under such surveillance
 
vb
3.  (tr, adverb) to keep under surveillance

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stakeout definition


  1. n.
    a person who is positioned to observe someone or something. (See also stake (so/sth) out.) : The stakeout stuck out like a sore thumb—standing there under the streetlight reading a paper. , The stakeout was one of Marlowe's best operatives.
  2. n.
    a (police) assignment where someone is positioned to observe someone or something. : The stakeout at the warehouse backfired. They only found cats.
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Example sentences
The heavy pall of smoke from the wildfires is everywhere, making the evening stakeout particularly unpleasant.
New software which utilizes design data in the field for inspection and stakeout purposes.
The two officers caught five people littering the first day of the stakeout and two the following day.
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