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- v. To listen without participating.
- v. To eavesdrop; to listen secretly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. listen quietly, without contributing to the conversation
- v. listen without the speaker's knowledge
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I used to listen in the deep noon shadow, quiet as the lizards on the pine trunks; sometimes there would be nothing but a wood-dove's coo; but on another day, when the hush was deepest, there would sound far down in the spring a great throat swallowing, or a great mouth smacking its lips together; or sometimes only a long thick breath.
“Send one of your men to the Exchange and tell him to listen in if anyone calls the mayor.
Stanton was the most brilliant conversationalist I have ever known; and the best talk I have heard anywhere was that to which I used to listen in the home of Mrs. Eliza Wright Osborne, in Auburn, New York, when Mrs. Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Emily Howland, Elizabeth Smith Miller, Ida Husted Harper, Miss Mills, and I were
"The boys here were telling me, they all listen in to what everybody else is saying-telegrams and everything.
During Ekstrom's years working at the Pentagon, he had learned that the Roswell incident had been nothing more than a military accident during a classified operation called Project Mogul – the flight test of a spy balloon being designed to listen in on Russian atomic tests.
Though there was never much for her to say, Laila liked to sit and listen in because at these gatherings she was treated to a rare pleasure: She got to hear Mammy speaking affectionately about Babi.