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British Dictionary definitions for mata-mata

mata-mata

noun
  1. (in Malaysia) a former name for police
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Word Origin

from Malay, reduplicated plural of mata eye
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Historical Examples

  • The policeman chased him down to the river-bank— Mata-mata kejar juga sampei ka-tepi sungei.

    A Manual of the Malay language

    William Edward Maxwell