English version

spy something ↔ out

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishspy something ↔ out phrasal verb1 SPYto secretly find out information about something2 spy out the land British EnglishFIND OUT to secretly find out more information about a situation before deciding what to do spy→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
spy outBy their cutbacks you shall spy them out.Will right-to - life spies search out perpetrators?At a London performance, a spy was sent out to research audience opinion.spy out the landCertainly he would have gone down there alone to spy out the land and check on his property.She enticed into her house the party Odysseus dispatched to spy out the land, and there she changed them into swine.
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Verb table
spy
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyspy
he, she, itspies
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyspied
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave spied
he, she, ithas spied
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad spied
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill spy
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have spied
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam spying
he, she, itis spying
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you, we, theyare spying
Past
I, he, she, itwas spying
you, we, theywere spying
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been spying
he, she, ithas been spying
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been spying
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be spying
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been spying
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