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stakeout

Syllabification: stake·out
Pronunciation: /ˈstākout
 
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Definition of stakeout in English:

noun

informal
A period of secret surveillance of a building or an area by police in order to observe someone’s activities.
Example sentences
  • The raid was the culmination of weeks of hard intelligence-gathering, of stake-outs and investigation.
  • He admitted he never took a police photographer or another officer along on his stake-outs, nor did he take a fingerprint expert to dust for print impressions at the apartment after the raid, saying it was not the practice to do so.
  • The police reacted on information they received and held a stake-out from 09: 00 outside the bank's premises, on the corners of Rissik, Loveday and Main streets.

Words that rhyme with stakeout

breakout, takeout

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