One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Keep a person or place under surveillance.‘they'd staked out Culley's flat for a day’
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- ‘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?’
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