cloak-and-dagger


cloak-and-dagger
adjective
conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
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clandestine intelligence operations

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cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines

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hole-and-corner intrigue

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secret missions

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a secret agent

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secret sales of arms

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surreptitious mobilization of troops

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an undercover investigation

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underground resistance

Syn:
Similar to: ↑covert
Derivationally related forms: ↑underground (for: ↑underground)

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adj
: relating to or showing actions or behavior in which people or governments try to protect their important secrets or try to learn the secrets of others

a cloak-and-dagger novel

cloak-and-dagger [=undercover, secret] operations

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ˌcloak-and-ˈdagger [cloak-and-dagger] adjective only before noun
cloak-and-dagger activities are secret and mysterious, sometimes in a way that people think is unnecessary or ridiculous

Why can't we be open about it? Do we really need all this cloak-and-dagger stuff?


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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