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enemy alien

an alien residing in a country at war with the one of which he or she is a citizen.
Origin of enemy alien
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Might be entertainin' to see who he'd mistaken for an enemy alien this time.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • So it ended, but I somehow hope that I may have converted your mother from an enemy alien to an armed neutral!

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Government had investigated his activities; Government had found nothing for which to order his internment as an enemy alien.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • In Halle the police forbade a performance because one of those who took part was an “enemy alien.”

  • enemy alien or not, Madame Misel was certainly very thoughtful to want to take the trouble for the pet.

  • Still, she was surprised and hurt to find herself described as “an enemy alien.”

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes

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