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Phrasal Verbs

listen in

This page is about the phrasal verb listen in


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



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

a. radio stations

b. their own calls

c. a private conversation

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