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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

That spy is probably milking for information. Cambridge: milk verb (GET MONEY/INFORMATION) [disapproving] to get as much money or information out of someone or something as possible, often in an ...
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

the act of having a seemingly casual conversation with a target, but subtly manipulating that conversation such that the target unknowingly reveals some secret information. This is known as "...
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

One possibility is inveigle, for which the OED includes: To draw (a person) by guile into (to, from, etc.) action, conduct, a place, etc.; Not in a position to write full answer at the moment. Will ...
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

Plumb Literally, to plumb something is to sink directly into the murky depths, like a plumb (lead) weight - an investigator intends to 'get to the bottom' of a conspiracy. In a metaphorical sense, to ...
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

"Elicitation" may be a more modern term used in the trade, but in the approximate era you mention "elicit information" was a perfectly acceptable term, though sadly not a single ...
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

If this is going to be a stat/ability like "charisma" or "stealth" or whatever, I would suggest social engineering. This term is in current use for information security. E.g. the ...
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

Chat up : Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers:: chat up vb (tr, adverb) brit informal to talk persuasively to (a person), esp with an ulterior motive chat up Although this is ...
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

Finagle some information. fi·na·gle /fəˈnāɡ(ə)l/ verbinformal•US verb: finagle; 3rd person present: finagles; past tense: finagled; past participle: finagled; gerund or present participle: finagling ...
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

The spy is breadcrumbing their target. Breadcrumb To use clues or enticements to lead someone in the desired direction. [Wiktionary]
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

The OP is not writing a non-fiction novel but a role playing game; however, the following suggestion fits the main criterion requested: “a pithy name” snoop (verb.) 1832, "go around in a prying ...
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

In an informal register, the idiom butter up fits: butter up ['phrasal verb' of butter] [informal]: flatter or praise someone as a means of gaining their help or support "Don't try and butter ...
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Brushing hair alternative word or phrase?

You may want she preened her hair. Wordnik's third meaning for preen is "To dress or groom (oneself) with elaborate care; primp." Wordnik
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Brushing hair alternative word or phrase?

You could say that she did her hair. TFD defines do in the relevant sense as: to make tidy, elegant, ready, etc, as by arranging or adorning: to do one's hair.
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Word, idiom or expression to describe feeling full (after eating)

If you are feeling full (after eating), you are satiated. I like how you conveniently informed us after most of us had eaten already and we are satiated. Collins: satiated ADJECTIVE filled or ...
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