AskDefine | Define stakeout

Dictionary Definition

stakeout n : surveillance of some place or some person by the police (as in anticipation of a crime)

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  1. The act of watching a location, generally covertly.
    The police had a stakeout in place where they expected the crime to occur.

Extensive Definition

A stakeout is the coordinated hidden surveillance of a location or person for the purpose of gathering evidence, especially in regard to criminal activity. The term derives from the practice by surveyors of using stakes to measure out an area before the main building project is commenced.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bugging, cloak-and-dagger work, counterespionage, counterintelligence, electronic surveillance, espial, espionage, following, intelligence, intelligence work, military intelligence, observation, secret police, secret service, shadowing, spying, surveillance, tailing, trailing, wiretap, wiretapping
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