from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense and past participle of spy.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of spy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of spy.


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  • Twenty minutes later, his foot on the head of a very large, very red, and above all very dead dragon while the crowd cheered and threw confetti, Edwin spied a familiar figure staggering towards him in battered armour.


  • But two years later, while on a trip as a Navy liaison with the Senate, McCain spied Hensley at the Honolulu reception.

    mjh's blog — 2008 — August

  • Constantinople, spied from the road — first under the blazing midday sun, then by "beautiful Oriental moonlight" on the return trip — views "so sublime and picturesque ... that in an enchanted dream alone one could hope to realize the effect of the mirage"

    Alexis Soyer and the Rise of the Celebrity Chef

  • Please read "Albino dolphin spied around Calcasieu Lake" by Christine Rappleye.

    Cameron Ferry Wildlife

  • The Basilisk had indeed been spied from the Spanish Admiral's ship before the fog closed down.

    Sir Nigel

  • The robbers were well aware of the fact that we had seven loads of baggage for which we had no means of transport, as were also the guides, and we had no doubt that our movements were being spied from the hills or cliffs about us; hence we had some fears that they might return to possess themselves of the valuables.

    With the Tibetans in Tent and Temple: Narrative of Four Years' Residence on the Tibetan Borders, and of a Journey into the Far Interior

  • They have a peculiar, sharp, sudden, "far-darting" alarm-note when a dog is spied, that is repeated by all that hear it, and produces an instantaneous panic, sending every vizcacha flying to his burrow.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • Jim Scott and the band spent the last few weeks mixing in Jim's studio in Valencia, California and here's a list of song titles spied on the reels - note this is not necessarily complete and not in sequence.


  • Members of the Student Worker Coalition at the University of Washington in Seattle say that campus police "spied" on their April 8th meeting to discuss an upcoming custodian strike.

    University Of Washington Police Accused Of SPYING On Student Group

  • The bloke's other half had been "spied" with somebody else, and word had only just got back to him.

    Archive 2006-06-01


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