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stakeout

1. The surveillance or close observation of someone, something, or some area, especially by police. We're on a stakeout to see if we can get evidence that Johnny Miggs has taken control of the cartel.
2. A person or group of people performing such an operation. I think that flower van parked across the street is a stakeout—they've been there all day.

stakeout

1. n. a person who is positioned to observe someone or something. (see also stake someone/something out.) The stakeout stuck out like a sore thumb—standing there under the streetlight reading a paper. The stakeout was one of Marlowe’s best operatives.
2. n. a (police) assignment where someone is positioned to observe someone or something. The stakeout at the warehouse backfired. They only found cats.
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"We started our stake-out on that day from 2pm in the afternoon until past midnight.
A worrying trend was the rising level of anxiety in the countryside amid constant reports of thefts, suspicious vehicles and farm stake-outs.
A worrying trend was the rising level of rural anxiety amid constant reports of thefts, suspicious vehicles and farm stake-outs.
They said regular reports of rural thefts and stake-outs of farms by criminals made them feel "under siege" according to the investigation by NFU Mutual.
Founded in 1984, the company works with commercial, residential, and government customers and specializes in a wide range of professional surveying services, including civil engineering, land surveying, site surveys, and construction stake-outs.
They were also told to refrain from using investigative journalistic practices such as exhaustive stake-outs or tabloid tactics to get to the truth.
According to the lead investigator, the suspect said he was the person who arranged for the two Albanians' accommodation, furnished them with guns, carried out repeated stake-outs with them, and drove the car to and from the scene on the night of the murders.
In time, I got to write those, too, but the crazy, annoying stake-outs, the noticing and observing the subtlest body language, the careful listening, the gentle surgical probes I had to do to extract a nugget of a story prepared me well.
A derelict house with a direct view of the station was used to conduct the majority of the stake-outs with the gang coming and going at night by scaling a back wall.
Locals have now started setting their alarms and holding morning and evening stake-outs after getting fed up of reporting the mess to Denbighshire Council.
Leanne said: "He took me on 'stake-outs' and would often follow cars for miles.
MICRO-CAMERAS in buttons and bags, surveillance vans with video technology and all-day stake-outs with coffee and doughnuts are the staple stuff of blockbusters and books.
There are stand-offs and shoot-outs, stake-outs and fist fights.