Meaning of “spy out the land” in the English Dictionary

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"spy out the land" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “spy out the land” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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