spy out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] literary
present tense
I/you/we/theyspy out
he/she/itspies out
present participlespying out
past tensespied out
past participlespied out
  1. 1
    same as spy2 (sense 2)

    He quickly spied out the waiter.

  2. 2
    to look around an area in order to find something

    I’m going to spy out a suitable place to meet.

See also main entry: spy