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listen in

Meaning: to try to hear what people are saying when they don't know you're listening

Synonym: eavesdrop

For example:

  • listen in Kelly said she caught her brother listening in when she was with boyfriend. She opened the door and he was standing right there!

  • listen in on sth/sb Do you think government agencies should be allowed to listen in on our private telephone calls?

Quick Quiz:

The police have to get permission from a judge before listening in on
  1. radio stations
  2. their own calls
  3. a private conversation

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