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[klohk-uh n-dag-er] /ˈkloʊk ənˈdæg ər/
pertaining to, characteristic of, or dealing in espionage or intrigue, especially of a romantic or dramatic kind.
Origin of cloak-and-dagger
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Joe said politely: “I heard there was cloak-and-dagger stuff going on.”

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • You risked your life on cloak-and-dagger missions; let the shore-bound fancy dans do the drudgery.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • It has been said of Time, earlier in these pages, the cloak-and-dagger sort he is, that stalks and pounces.

    This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
  • He climbed out, standing alongside the bed in his shorts, wondering at the Colonel's cloak-and-dagger approach.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
British Dictionary definitions for cloak-and-dagger


(modifier) characteristic of or concerned with intrigue and espionage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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