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overhear

verb attend, become aware of, catch, eavesdrop, exaudire, excipere, find out, glean knowlldge of, hear, intercept, listen in on, listen stealthily, obtain knowledge of, pick up, receive information, receive knowledge of, subauscultare
Associated concepts: eavesdropping, wiretapping
See also: eavesdrop
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Her innocent friendship with Laurie was spoiled by the silly speeches she had overheard.
First off they thought it was a nigger stealing Uncle Silas's corn--you notice it makes them look silly, now, to find out somebody overheard them say that.
The latter remark was spoken with the direct intention of being overheard, for Minnie had spasms of bravery, when well surrounded by the machinery of law and order.
Weston, however, too eager to be very observant, too communicative to want others to talk, was very well satisfied with what she did say, and soon moved away to make the rest of his friends happy by a partial communication of what the whole room must have overheard already.
This was all overheard by Miss Dashwood; and in the whole of the sentence, in his manner of pronouncing it, and in his addressing her sister by her christian name alone, she instantly saw an intimacy so decided, a meaning so direct, as marked a perfect agreement between them.
I once, indeed, overheard part of a dialogue between Leah and one of the charwomen, of which Grace formed the subject.
repeated he, peering in Linton's face, and subduing his voice to a whisper, for fear of being overheard.
The letter began with a statement: She had overheard, at the last rehearsal (quite unintentionally), personal remarks of which she was the subject.
He watched his opportunity of taking Darnay aside into a window, and of speaking to him when no one overheard.
There's another fellow,' muttered Scrooge; who overheard him: `my clerk, with fifteen shillings a week, and a wife and family, talking about a merry Christmas.
It was a great jest of his, I recollect, to pretend that he couldn't keep his teeth from chattering, whenever mention was made of an Alguazill in connexion with the adventures of Gil Blas; and I remember that when Gil Blas met the captain of the robbers in Madrid, this unlucky joker counterfeited such an ague of terror, that he was overheard by Mr.
I thought I overheard Miss Havisham answer - only it seemed so unlikely - "Well?