eavesdrop on

eavesdrop on (someone or something)

To intentionally listen to a conversation that one is not a participant in. This phrase can refer to the conversation itself or to the speaker. Because it's likely that people will eavesdrop on our discussion, I think we should postpone it until a later time. If you don't stop eavesdropping on my phone calls, I'm going to tell mom!
See also: eavesdrop, on

eavesdrop on someone

to listen in on people having a private conversation. I saw her eavesdropping on them. Please don't eavesdrop on me.
See also: eavesdrop, on

eavesdrop on something

to listen in on a private conversation. She was eavesdropping on their conversation. Maria was eavesdropping on the telephone call.
See also: eavesdrop, on
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I consider that this is a big political and diplomatic scandal which might affect Macedonia a lot" said Ruzin stressing that it is unacceptable to eavesdrop on countries or partners.
Giving an interview on the TGRT news channel on Wednesday, Bozkyr said the allegations that Germany has spied on Turkey are not particularly odd, as Turkey must also eavesdrop on others to protect its interests.
London, Jan 5 (ANI): Spiders eavesdrop on other males and copy their courtship signals as a likely means of stealing their mate, according to a new study.
This new discovery shows that male wolf spiders also eavesdrop on the visual signals of courting males," he stated.
On December 17 of last year, during his weekly radio address, President Bush confirmed reports by the New York Times and CNN that, following the 9/11 attacks, he had given the National Security Agency (NSA) authorization to eavesdrop on Americans communicating with people overseas.
11, 2001, President Bush authorized the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans suspected of ties to Al Qaeda without first obtaining warrants.
Researchers now say that harbor seals eavesdrop on the whales and can tell the harmless neighborhood fish eaters from roving gangs with a taste for fresh seal.
To achieve the insidious practice of tapping into secure data, wireless pirates need only to dial into the wireless network and then intercept or eavesdrop on backbone activity on a traditional Internet network of servers and desktops.
Among the president's requests was legislation to expand the FBI's authority to use ``roving'' wiretaps to eavesdrop on fast-moving terrorists who avoid detection by using cellular phones and scramblers.
This encryption method eliminates the ability of a hacker to "sniff" the wireless packets and eavesdrop on the data transmission.
The Turkish intelligence's job is to make sure no one is eavesdropping on Turkey and [when it occurs] to eavesdrop on the one other party," Zeybekci told reporters on Saturday.
to eavesdrop on communications from Iraq and terrorists groups like Al Qaeda.