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[wahyuh r-tap]
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  1. an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information.
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verb (used with object), wire·tapped, wire·tap·ping.
  1. to obtain (information, evidence, etc.) by tapping telephone or telegraph wires: to wiretap conversations.
  2. to listen in on by means of a wiretap: to wiretap a telephone; to wiretap a conversation.
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verb (used without object), wire·tapped, wire·tap·ping.
  1. to tap telephone or telegraph wires for evidence, information, etc.
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  1. pertaining to or obtained by wiretap.
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Origin of wiretap

First recorded in 1950–55; back formation from wiretapper
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Related Words for wiretapping

surveillance, espionage, search, inspect, consider, explore, study, probe, question, scrutinize, interrogate, examine, review, poke, wiretap, snoop, overhear, observing, prying, bugging

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British Dictionary definitions for wiretapping


verb -taps, -tapping or -tapped
  1. to make a connection to a telegraph or telephone wire in order to obtain information secretly
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Derived Formswiretapper, nounwiretapping, noun
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