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snoop about (something or some place)

To investigate, search through, or inquire impertinently into something or some place. Please tell me that the cops won't find any incriminating evidence if they start snooping about your office. Sarah's been snooping about, lately—I think she's starting to suspect me.
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snoop around

To investigate, search through, or inquire impertinently into something or some place. Please tell me that the cops won't find any incriminating evidence if they start snooping around your office. Sarah's been snooping around, lately—I think she's starting to suspect me. I started snooping around the senator's campaign records and discovered a vast conspiracy of fraud and embezzlement.
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snoop into (something)

To investigate, pry, or inquire impertinently into something. Please tell me that the cops won't find any incriminating evidence if they start snooping into our financial practices! I started snooping into the senator's campaign records and discovered a vast conspiracy of fraud and embezzlement.
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snoop around (something)

to look around in a place, trying to find out something secret or about someone else's affairs. Why are you snooping around my house? I am not snooping around.
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snoop into something

to pry into something or someone else's affairs. I wish you would stop snooping into my business! Whose affairs are they snooping into now?
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snoop

1. in. to prowl around looking for something. What are you snooping around here for?
2. n. someone who prowls around looking for something. Fred is just a snoop. He went through my desk!
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About one in five (18%) said that their relationship was stronger because they snooped; but 28% said the relationship got worse.
First, snooping in romantic relationships is normative- two thirds of the undergraduates in this study reported having snooped.
For example, 66 percent of the respondents reported that they had snooped. But when asked "When did you snoop?" 27% reported that they had never snooped.
Table 1 Why Undergraduates Snooped N = 268 Reason Percent "I am just curious" 40% "I suspected my partner was cheating" 29% "I have always been a snoop." 3% "My partner snooped on me." 3% "I have never snooped." 25% Table 2 Most Frequent Ways Undergraduates Snooped N = 268 Snooping Behavior Percent Text messages 88% Cell phone 65% Internet history 42% E mail 25% Searched room 19% Searched desk 13% Searched clothes 4% Other 18% Table 3 When the Respondent Snooped N=268 Time of Snooping Behavior Percent When partner in shower 39% When partner was not at home 17% When partner was sleeping 13% When partner was on phone 3% While on a date 2% Never engaged in snooping 27% Table 4 B (Exp) B Sig.