Eavesdrops - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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!
eavesdrop on someone
to listen in on people having a private conversation. I saw her eavesdropping on them. Please don't eavesdrop on me.
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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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.
During consideration of the murder of 3 police officers on January 4 and subsequent anti-terror special operation outside Bishkek on January 5 in Parliament, MP Dastanbek Bekeshev claimed the national security agencies illegitimately eavesdrops
phone conversations of parliamentarians and government officials.