Origin of wiretap

First recorded in 1950–55; back formation from wiretapper
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British Dictionary definitions for wiretapping

wiretap

/ (ˈwaɪəˌtæp) /

verb -taps, -tapping or -tapped

to make a connection to a telegraph or telephone wire in order to obtain information secretly

Derived Forms

wiretapper, nounwiretapping, noun
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