wiretap

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Back-formation from wiretapper; or else wire +‎ tap

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wiretap (plural wiretaps)

  1. A connection installed on a telephone line or other communications system in order to allow a third party to conduct covert surveillance of conversations.

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wiretap (third-person singular simple present wiretaps, present participle wiretapping, simple past and past participle wiretapped)

  1. To install or to use such a connection.

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