stake out

Definition: to stay hidden and watch a place to see who enters and leaves.
(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)
E.g.1: Burglar 1: I will stake the house out for a few days and then we can decide when to go in. Burglar 2: I love a good stake-out!
E.g.2: The police staked out the house as they expected the escaped prisoner to visit his ex-wife.
This phrasal verb can be separated. (E.g. 1)

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