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listening post

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noun
  1. Military. a post or position, as in advance of a defensive line, established for the purpose of listening to detect the enemy's movements.
  2. any foreign country or city viewed as a source of intelligence about an enemy or rival nation or one that is a potential enemy.
  3. any concealed position maintained to obtain information: The government had listening posts to keep informed of revolutionary activities.

Origin of listening post

First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for listening post

Historical Examples

  • An English private soldier was detailed to go on listening-post with me.

    Private Peat

    Harold R. Peat

  • I can frankly say I disliked the listening-post duty that first time.

    Private Peat

    Harold R. Peat

  • I had heard of an outpost, but a listening-post was a new one on me.

    Private Peat

    Harold R. Peat

  • The young officer in command of the listening-post cursed softly.

  • The crater was immediately organized as a listening-post and ever afterwards it was known as the "Glory Hole."


British Dictionary definitions for listening post

listening post

noun
  1. military a forward position set up to obtain early warning of enemy movementAbbreviation: LP
  2. any strategic position or place for obtaining information about another country or area
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