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spy

noun agent, detective, emissarius, explorator, informer, intelligence agent, intelligencer, lookout, observer, reconnoiterer, reporter, scout, seeret agent, sleuth, snoop, snooper, source, speculator, undercover agent, undercover man, watcher
Associated concepts: espionage

spy

verb behold, catch sight of, descry, detect, discover, discover by artifice, distinguish, eavesdrop, espy, examine secretely, follow, glimpse, innpect secretely, look at, look for, make a reconnaissance, make out, make secret observations, observe, peep, peer, perceive, pry, recognize, reconnoiter, scrutinize, search out, see, shadow, sight, snoop, speculari, spy upon, take note, trail, view, watch, watch secretely
See also: conspirator, discern, informant, observe, perceive, recognize, watch

SPY. One who goes into a place for the purpose of ascertaining the best way of doing an injury there.
     2. The term is mostly applied to an enemy who comes into the camp for the purpose of ascertaining its situation in order to make an attack upon it. The punishment for, this crime is death. See Articles of War, 1 Story's Laws U. S. 992; Vattel, Droit des Gens. liv. 3, Sec. 179.

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After checking through her spyhole, she opened the door but the burglar forced the door open.
If players knock repeatedly at the door of one of the cliff houses, a spyhole opens to reveal an enigmatic face.
e 26-year-old $ed to her bedroom after checking her spyhole and [euro]nding the pair on the landing of her apartment block.
I was looKing out of my spyhole at what was going on.
My husband's obsessed with her behaviour and watches her door through the spyhole to see who's coming and going.
The pub still has a spyhole and there are local legends on the existence of a labyrinth of tunnels.
n Before you answer your door, stop and think about whether you are expecting visitors, check you have locked any back door and taken the key out, and look through the spyhole or window to see who is calling;
He then heard abuse outside his front door and he looked through his front door spyhole to see a man he recognised who had earlier disturbed him by playing loud music.
But when our investigators first knocked on her front door, she squinted at them for several seconds through a spyhole.
A HOTEL guest walked off with the owner's dog while another stole the spyhole from his door, a survey of Britain's light- fingered holidaymakers revealed yesterday.
While you are at it, improve the security of the door by upgrading locks and fitting a spyhole viewer.
They have stuff from top TV shows (the spyhole frame from Friends was a big seller) and all sorts of clothing and jewellery identical, or similar, to that seen draped over celebs such as David Beckham, J- Lo, Robbie Williams and Sarah Jessica Parker.