- an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information.
- to obtain (information, evidence, etc.) by tapping telephone or telegraph wires: to wiretap conversations.
- to listen in on by means of a wiretap: to wiretap a telephone; to wiretap a conversation.
- to tap telephone or telegraph wires for evidence, information, etc.
- pertaining to or obtained by wiretap.
Origin of wiretap
First recorded in 1950–55; back formation from wiretapper
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Examples from the Web for wiretapping
All (presumably) without the wiretapping of political opponents.‘Breaking Bad’ in the White House: Bryan Cranston as LBJ in 'All the Way'
March 7, 2014
Maybe this isn't fatal; I'm certainly no expert on wiretapping.The McConnell Wiretapper Speaks
May 31, 2013
“They needed and wanted his cooperation in their [federal RICO and wiretapping] investigation,” he wrote.Judge Denies Bail Request by Anthony Pellicano, Former Sleuth to the Stars
August 14, 2012
The verdict in the Civil War trial is still pending, but the wiretapping conviction makes that case almost redundant.Baltasar Garzón, Spain’s Legal Crusader, Silenced
February 9, 2012
He was charged with bribery and attempted conspiracy of wiretapping and mail fraud.10 Worst Political Scandals
October 30, 2009
- to make a connection to a telegraph or telephone wire in order to obtain information secretly