sign-cutting
 n.— «Some shifts he will spend tracking drug or human smugglers along desert trails using an age-old technique known as “sign cutting,” other times he may work a vehicle stop on a highway, or process detainees held at the station.» —“A Day in the Life of a Border Patrol Agent” by Tim Gaynor Reuters Dec. 20, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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