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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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