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eavesdrop on (someone or something)

To intentionally listen to a conversation that one is not a participant in. 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 us, I'm going to tell mom!
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eavesdrop on someone

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

to listen in on a private conversation. She was eavesdropping on their conversation. Maria was eavesdropping on the telephone call.
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In this paper, we address two types of adversaries such as passive eavesdropping attack and fake packet injection attack, during the wireless communications.
Judge Stanley Sacks threw out the prosecution, ruling the eavesdropping law was too broad and potentially criminalized "wholly innocent conduct.
This report overviews federal law governing wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping and the procedures they establish for law enforcement and foreign intelligence gathering purposes, with citations to related state statutory provisions.
Akapo explains that the most realistic eavesdropping threat for most people comes not from the government, but from people they know, or business competitors.
The decision on which employees to be involved in the eavesdropping of Customs Agency head Vanyo Tanov and his deputy, Antoniy Strandzhev, had been made by the Prosecutor's Office.
Karsten Nohl and Sylvain Munaut showed their eavesdropping toolkit at the Chaos Computer Club Congress (CCC) in Berlin.
Count I alleged that the audio recording would violate their Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and Count II alleged that the proposed audio recording would violate the Eavesdropping Act.
It is likewise a federal crime to use or disclose any information acquired by illegal wiretapping or electronic eavesdropping.
In the first study conducted in the field to examine how juvenile song birds learn their repertoire, US researchers have found that eavesdropping appears to be a key event in song learning.
A Missouri court has held that radio broadcasts from cordless telephones are not wire communications, and thus, recording such radio broadcasts is not illegal under the eavesdropping statute.
Eavesdropping on "secure" communications will always be the best source of intelligence, and special handling of such eavesdropping will always be required.
But the security services themselves fear it would expose their top-secret eavesdropping techniques.
Their raw keys must be the same if no eavesdropping has occurred.
In Eavesdropping, he investigates the active listening he deploys to navigate the world around him.
Eavesdropping in the Novel from Austen to Proust (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002).