Definition of stake someone/something out in English:

stake someone/something out

phrasal verb

  • Keep a person or place under surveillance.

    ‘they'd staked out Culley's flat for a day’
    • ‘I staked it out for a while and noticed a young woman about Mr. Yu's height walking with her.’
    • ‘We stake the place out, eyeing the set up of the amps and the positioning of the security guards.’
    • ‘We'll stake him out tomorrow, and hit when he's in a good area.’
    • ‘Since photographers have to stake these babies out, spending days lurking in the bushes waiting for one to sail on by, branches and leaves are often in the frame.’
    • ‘We would stake them out at a lunch-in, or stand in the Senate gallery when they were going to a vote - which I think is illegal.’
    • ‘I can't let him go, or else I will be forced by some force greater than I to stake him out again and draw him back, as I have done twice before.’
    • ‘I have been staked out by numerous people the entire morning, all of them telling me wacky rumors about you.’
    • ‘I'm tempted to go down and stake them out, but thousands of others are thinking the same thing.’
    • ‘Clearly, what happened here was that they were staking him out.’
    • ‘We're also looking at the possibility that it was a predator who had staked her out, watched her over a period of time, and went in and took her for sexual purposes.’
    • ‘The man is separated from his wife, when he does have a private relationship with someone else, should we be staking it out?’
    observe, watch, keep an eye on, keep under observation, keep watch on, keep under surveillance, survey, monitor, keep under scrutiny, watch like a hawk, keep a weather eye on, spy on, check out
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