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Hear (someone or something) without meaning to or without the knowledge of the speaker:‘I couldn't help overhearing your conversation’
listen in, spy, intrudeView synonyms
- ‘Children will hear conversations and overhear information on radio, TV and from the playground network.’
- ‘All of a sudden, she spoke clearly and he could overhear snatches of the conversation.’
- ‘In later years, I would overhear my father listening to it in the middle of the night, crying his eyes out.’
- ‘Then, he overhears a conversation in a cafe and is convinced he has found Lisa, the woman he loved and lost two years earlier.’
- ‘When the building is evacuated, she stays behind unnoticed and overhears a conversation of sinister portent in her native Ku tongue on the microphone system.’
- ‘At a moment like this, in the abrupt silence after Lewis's voice trails off, the listener often overhears Mitchell in the background trying to stifle his laughter.’
- ‘When Motobo's president - whom Silvia dislikes - comes to the UN, she overhears a plot to assassinate him.’
- ‘She placed the baby back in its bed and tried to overhear the conversation right outside her room door.’
- ‘Nicole Kidman stars as Silvia, an interpreter at the United Nations who overhears a conversation that might be a death threat against a visiting African head of state.’
- ‘There are occasions when you overhear a bit of someone else's conversation and wish that you'd been eavesdropping properly.’
- ‘It's so telling to watch body language or eavesdrop and overhear conversations.’
- ‘Not meaning to overhear his conversation I continued walking until I heard his words.’
- ‘However, children are knowledgeable and overhear a great deal.’
- ‘We ended our snack (better described as lunch) with a large pot of Chinese tea, overhearing snatches of conversation from a neighbouring table.’
- ‘Max overhears the conversation (I've noticed that Max tends to eavesdrop a lot) and he refers to them as lovebirds.’
- ‘I overhear the tail-end of a conversation my sister is having with someone or other.’
- ‘She had been in a convalescent home and had overheard an elderly woman talking about a Norwegian couple who had adopted a child.’
- ‘The researchers will also note every time they hear or overhear the words being used in conversation.’
- ‘Father goes over to follow up potential job prospects, everything seems to be moving smoothly and then one afternoon he overhears a conversation I'm having with a good friend.’
- ‘Do you really want to overhear his cooing conversations with another girl?’
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