- the surveillance of a location by the police, as in anticipation of a crime or the arrival of a wanted person.
- the place from which such surveillance is carried out.
- something that is bounded or separated by or as if by stakes, especially property, territory, or the like that one identifies or claims as one's own.
Origin of stakeout
First recorded in 1940–45; noun use of verb phrase stake out
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Examples from the Web for stakeout
When you're a reporter it's a stakeout; when you're a blogger, it's just stalking.The Year (Ahead) in Media
January 2, 2009
It's your first time with this stakeout business, that's all.Sight Gag
Laurence Mark Janifer
- a police surveillance of an area, house, or criminal suspect
- an area or house kept under such surveillance
- (tr, adverb) to keep under surveillance
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