noun, plural spies.
verb (used without object), spied, spy·ing.
verb (used with object), spied, spy·ing.
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Even if spies don’t get access to the nation’s secrets, they can still gather information on politicians that could be useful.What we know about Rep. Eric Swalwell’s ties to an alleged Chinese spy|Amber Phillips|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
When Tanvir denied it, they shifted their message, suddenly offering him money and immigration benefits for his wife if he agreed to become a spy.Supreme Court rules for Muslims placed on no-fly list after refusing to become FBI informants|Robert Barnes|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
By embedding invisible images known as spy pixels in the message, senders can find out when you opened it, where you were, what device you were on, and how much time you spent scrolling through the contents.
The man said he was going undercover at various companies to ferret out would-be leakers and spies.How a ‘diabolical’ former DEA staffer conned the intelligence community|Rachel Weiner|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
Just as an aside, the Westminster mission showed the reward as a silhouette of a man with a beret, but the spy turned out to be a middle-aged woman in a sharp blazer armed with a silencer.
The reasons for detention ranged from suspected spying to having an open beer bottle in public.
How culpable are sites like Facebook, Google, and Apple in aiding potential spying, and the loss of privacy?
One road leads to freedom, sharing, and equality; the other to endless spying, a hierarchical structure, and repression.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook|Jake Whitney|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Trust us, the Obama administration said, about spying on Americans and restarting the economy through “shovel-ready” programs.
There was a time not that long ago when governments more or less monopolized spying on political protests.
Only the quick wink of his eye reassures me of his interest, and gives warning of the spying guard.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
So spying of Payne in a gully, I went into him, and there staid, thinking to have gone to Chelsy with them.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete|Samuel Pepys
Then, making up his mind suddenly, he went down the arcade and out onto the sidewalk, for spying was not in his nature.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
“I feel just as if it was the guardian spirit of an evil place, that it is spying on us and plotting to harm us,” she confessed.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
He need not fear being lost in the streets should he lose touch with those he was spying upon.Star Born|Andre Norton