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.
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Translations

w>spy out

vt sepausfindig machen; to spy out the land (Mil) → die Gegend auskundschaften; (fig)die Lage peilen
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So our game surely is to lie low for a time and spy out the land.
In the Bible we read that Joseph accuses his brothers of being spies (Genesis 42:9); Moses is told, "Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan ..." (Numbers 13:2 and Joshua 2:1-3); "David sent out spies, and he knew that Saul was definitely coming." (1 Samuel 26:4); and in the New Testament in Galatians 2:4 we read, "But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage."