stake out

stake out
a) To mark off the limits by stakes; as, to stake out land; to stake out a new road.

Bradley, von Schoenvorts and I, with Miss La Rues help, staked out the various buildings and the outer wall. When the day was done, we had quite an array of logs nicely notched and ready for our building operations on the morrow, and we were all tired, for after the buildings had been staked out we all fell in and helped with the logging

b) To end the game by hitting the stake peg in the middle of the court.

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