spy out


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spy out

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to discover by careful observation: to spy out a route.
2. to make a close scrutiny of: to spy out the land.
Translations

w>spy out

vt sepausfindig machen; to spy out the land (Mil) → die Gegend auskundschaften; (fig)die Lage peilen
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Ulysses was glad when he heard it and prayed to Minerva: "Hear me," he cried, "daughter of aegis-bearing Jove, you who spy out all my ways and who are with me in all my hardships; befriend me in this mine hour, and grant that we may return to the ships covered with glory after having achieved some mighty exploit that shall bring sorrow to the Trojans.
Is it to plunder the bodies of the slain, or did Hector send you to spy out what was going on at the ships?
And all the animals got tremendously excited; and they gave up looking at Jip and turned to watch the sea in front, to spy out any land or islands where the starving man might be.