wiretapping

wiretap

[wahyuhr-tap]
noun
1.
an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information.
verb (used with object), wiretapped, wiretapping.
2.
to obtain (information, evidence, etc.) by tapping telephone or telegraph wires: to wiretap conversations.
3.
to listen in on by means of a wiretap: to wiretap a telephone; to wiretap a conversation.
verb (used without object), wiretapped, wiretapping.
4.
to tap telephone or telegraph wires for evidence, information, etc.
adjective
5.
pertaining to or obtained by wiretap.

Origin:
1950–55; back formation from wiretapper

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wiretap (ˈwaɪəˌtæp)
 
vb , -taps, -tapping, -tapped
to make a connection to a telegraph or telephone wire in order to obtain information secretly
 
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