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Spy \Spy\, n.; pl. Spies (sp[imac]z). [See Spy, v., and cf. Espy, n.]

  1. One who keeps a constant watch of the conduct of others. ``These wretched spies of wit.''

  2. (Mil.) A person sent secretly into an enemy's camp, territory, or fortifications, to inspect his works, ascertain his strength, movements, or designs, and to communicate such intelligence to the proper officer.

    Spy money, money paid to a spy; the reward for private or secret intelligence regarding the enemy.

    Spy Wednesday (Eccl.), the Wednesday immediately preceding the festival of Easter; -- so called in allusion to the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot.

    Syn: See Emissary, and Scout.


n. (spy English) vb. (en-third-person singularspy)


Spies most commonly refers to people who engage in spying, espionage or clandestine operations.

Spies or The Spies may also refer to:

Spies (surname), a German surname

Spies (novel)

Spies (2002) is a psychological novel by English author and dramatist Michael Frayn. It is currently studied by A-Level, and some GCSE, literature students in various schools. It is also studied by some Year 12 VCE English students in Australia.

Spies (Coldplay song)
  1. redirect Parachutes (album)

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Spies (1943 film)

Spies is part of the Private Snafu series of animated shorts produced by Warner Bros. during World War II. Released in 1943, the cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and features the vocal talents of Mel Blanc. It was included as part of the International Spy Museum exhibits, specifically the exhibit showcasing World War II-era spying.

Spies (band)

Spies was a jazz fusion band consisting of Paul Freeman, Richard Hahn, Jon Crosse, Jay Anderson and David Witham.

Their jazz fusion musical style is a blend of electronic, funk and rock.

By Way of the World, their 1990 album on the Telarc record label, was the first CD to use Stereo Surround encoding technology. Guest musicians include José Feliciano and percussionist Alex Acuña.

Spies (TV series)

Spies is an American television show that ran from March 3, 1987 until April 14, 1987, lasting one season.

Spies (surname)

Spies is a surname of German origin, and may refer to:

  • August Spies (1855–1887), anarchist
  • Ben Spies (born 1984), American motorcycle road racer
  • Liesbeth Spies (born 1966), Dutch politician
  • Moritz Ritter von Spies (1805–1862), Bavarian Major General and War Minister
  • Pierre Spies (born 1985), South African rugby player
  • Simon Spies (1921–1984), Danish tycoon best known for starting the charter airline Spies Rejser

Usage examples of "spies".

Do you even care that some of them actually believe we are spies and not actors at all?

We are not spies, we are not involved in anything underhanded, and we are not James Bond and Miss Moneypenny.

Agent Keating, we may have played spies on TV, but any resemblance between us and Remington Steele is purely coincidental.

In preparation, Aly used the winter to build a cadre of trained spies, people among the household who could learn and use all she had to teach.

She knew Prince Rubinyan had personal spies, because she had caught some of them the year before, but the master of the crowns spies, Duke Lohearn Mantawu, called Topabaw by all, was the man who bred fear.

She also had her own pack, the spies she herself had trained intensively over the winter.

They were drawing the attention of the spies who followed their procession.

She also searched the room, though she expected that her pack of spies had gone over every inch of the house.

In a land governed for three hundred bloody years by strangers, they had lived like spies to survive.

I believe those spies may be compromised, or worse, that they have betrayed me.

As it is, we still need to look for his spies in other households to do the odd search when they visit us.

Her father had taught her that spies spent much of their time explaining themselves to those they worked for, and that any spy must accept such explanations as part of the work.

From the sudden grim twist in her mouth, she knew as well as Aly that it was very bad for spies to take spirits.

And unlike her human spies, these creatures had no tasks they were supposed to be about, so they might hide, and listen, day and night.

Like Grosbeak, these people gathered information from their spies and sent it to Quedanga, who made sure that everyone who should see it did, including Aly.