listen in

  1. listen quietly, without contributing to the conversation
  2. listen without the speaker's knowledge
    the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations
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How To Use listen in In A Sentence

  • We must make a conscious effort to slow down and listen intentionally. Christianity Today
  • A malfunction is being blamed for some callers being able to listen in to other people's calls - and presumably, other people earwigging into their conversations.
  • But if that system is allowed to rot by religious leaders forgetting that their first responsibility is to communicate moral behavior and courageously criticize actions that unweave the fabric of society, the result is newspaper editors who will listen in to a dead girl's messages to boost circulation and youth who feel the right to burn down a city when angry. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Decline and Fall of British Values
  • They're wrapped up in jangle and glisten in the sun, smelling like a new cassette. Music (For Robots): July 2006 Archives
  • John Y. Brown, owner of the Buffalo Braves, called Fitz, who had me pick up the extension and listen in.
  • Middlemas was excited by the simple kindness of his master, and poured forth his thanks with the greater profusion, that he was free from the terror of the emblematical collar and chain, which a moment before seemed to glisten in the hand of his guardian, and gape to enclose his neck. The Surgeon's Daughter
  • Listen intently, and you'll hear the buzzing of mosquitoes, bees, and houseflies.
  • Carried in abundant heavy bunches along its branches, they seem to glisten in early winter sunlight.
  • The kid shook his drink loosely, watching as the alcohol glisten in the ice cubes.
  • These words listen in Taiwan's mainland spouse ear, is really sobs extremely.
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