One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a survey plane was dispatched to reconnoitre the area’
survey, make a reconnaissance of, explore, scout, scout out, make a survey of, make an observation of
find out the lie of the land, see how the land lies
investigate, examine, spy out, scrutinize, scan, inspect, observe, take a look at, take stock of
informal recce, make a recce of, case, case the joint, check out
British informal take a shufti round, suss out
North American informal recon
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