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English definition of “spy out the land”

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spy out the land

If you spy out the land, you try to get knowledge of something before you do something: We drove around the area where our new house is to spy out the land.
Translations of “spy out the land”
in Chinese (Traditional) 事先探清楚情況…
in Chinese (Simplified) 事先摸清情况…
(Definition of spy out the land from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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