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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPYING

That's the only incentive you can suggest for spying, unconnected with my affairs?

I congratulate you on the success of your first attempt at spying.

I suppose Tris Penrose has been spying me and telling tales to father and you.

She passed quickly by, so as not to seem to be spying on them.

Whereupon I turned to the spying friar and said; 'Hand me your robe and cowl.'

I was not spying then, but you thought I was, and you didn't like it.

He's spying out a fresh tribe in the neighborhood of Africa.

Powell did not detect any particular excellence in what seemed a spying employment.

Ginny Cox, spying Jerry from across the room, bolted to her.

Only—if I were spying, I should expect to have notice given me.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., from Old French espier "to spy," probably from Frankish *spehon, from Proto-Germanic *spekh- (cf. Old High German *spehon "to look out for, scout, spy," German spähen "to spy," Middle Dutch spien), the Germanic survivals of the productive PIE root *spek- "to look" (see scope (n.1)).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SPYING

surveillance

nounclose observation, following
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.