We pulled plain-clothes cops in to stake out different neighborhoods.
Paul has consistently used Benghazi as a device to stake out high ground on foreign policy.
Do you stake out in Brooklyn and look at what people are wearing?
The two candidates have yet to stake out a major battleground issue for the primaries.
So is he serious or is he just trying to stake out a politically extreme position?
Then calculate the correct sun time of VI A.M. by your standard watch and stake out the morning hours.
If not, we will just stake out our claims on the level, and be thankful.
Do you suppose I want my actors leaving me to stake out claims along Freezeout Creek, and spoiling my picture?
"stake out your horse and mule and I will tell you all about it," answered Bob.
It is quite a mistake to plant thorns, or even to stake out large branches.
"pointed stick or post," Old English staca, from Proto-Germanic *stakon (cf. Old Norse stiaki, Dutch staak, German stake), from PIE root *steg- "pole, stick." The Germanic word has been borrowed in Spanish (estaca), Old French (estaque), and Italian stacca) and was borrowed back as attach. Meaning "post upon which persons were bound for death by burning" is recorded from c.1200. Stake-body as a type of truck is attested from 1907. In pull up stakes, "The allusion is to pulling up the stakes of a tent" [Bartlett].
early 14c., "to mark (land) with stakes," from stake (n.1). Hence, to stake a claim (1857). Meaning "to risk, wager" is attested from 1520s, probably from notion of "post on which a gambling wager was placed," though Weekley suggests "there is a tinge of the burning or baiting metaphor" in this usage. Meaning "to maintain surveilance" (usually stake out) is first recorded 1942, American English colloquial, probably form earlier sense of "mark off territory." Related: Staked; staking.
To put someone or something under constant police surveillance: He's been staked out often enough
[1942+ Police; fr earlier senses, as old as the 1600s, where stake out meant ''mark off a territory, a line, a track, etc, with stakes'']