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stakeout

[steyk-out] /ˈsteɪkˌaʊt/
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
1940-1945
1940-45; noun use of verb phrase stake out
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stakeout

/ˈsteɪkaʊt/
noun
1.
a police surveillance of an area, house, or criminal suspect
2.
an area or house kept under such surveillance
verb
3.
(transitive, adverb) to keep under surveillance
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