eaves-dropping


eaves-dropping

< /ˈivzˌdrɪp/.

  1. water that drips from the eaves.
  2. the ground on which such water falls.

verb -drops, -dropping or -dropped

  1. (intr) to listen secretly to the private conversation of others
v.

c.1600, probably a back-formation from eavesdropper. Related: Eavesdropping.

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