listening post

  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.

  1. 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

Words Nearby listening post Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use listening post in a sentence

  • The first time was the night I went on listening post; the second time I got plugged, and plugged for good.

    Private Peat | Harold R. Peat
  • Confident that they soon would come to the airplane listening post, the girls trudged on.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate | Mildred A. Wirt
  • The crater was immediately organized as a listening-post and ever afterwards it was known as the "Glory Hole."

    Into the Jaws of Death | Jack O'Brien
  • That night the Sergeant came along and said, "Goddard and Wilson, go out on listening-post."

    Into the Jaws of Death | Jack O'Brien
  • She used to curl up at his feet when he slept or follow silently to keep him company at the listening post.

    The Silent Readers | William D. Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for listening post

listening post

  1. military a forward position set up to obtain early warning of enemy movement: Abbreviation: LP

  2. any strategic position or place for obtaining information about another country or area

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