listening post: Meaning and Definition of

lis'tening post"

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  1. a post or position, as in advance of a defensive line, established for the purpose of listening to detect the enemy's movements.
  2. any foreign country or city viewed as a source of intelligence about an enemy or rival nation or one that is a potential enemy.
  3. any concealed position maintained to obtain information: The government had listening posts to keep informed of revolutionary activities.
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