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secret service

the branch of governmental service that conducts secret investigations, especially investigations into the military strength of other nations.
(initial capital letters) the branch of the U.S. Department of the Treasury charged chiefly with the discovery and apprehension of counterfeiters and with providing protection for the president and the president's immediate family.
secret work for a government, especially espionage.
Origin of secret service
First recorded in 1730-40
Related forms
secret-service, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is my business to correct this misapprehension by telling you what the secret service is not.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The police and secret service organizations of the world searched for him.

  • I believe these men to be officers—one, at least—the other may belong to the secret service.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • Then we will have a man fit to run the secret service on this railroad.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • Had the secret service men known it, they would have been in a pickle.

British Dictionary definitions for secret service

secret service

a government agency or department that conducts intelligence or counterintelligence operations
such operations

Secret Service

a US government agency responsible for the protection of the president, the suppression of counterfeiting, and certain other police activities
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secret service in Culture

Secret Service definition

A division of the United States Department of the Treasury, responsible for apprehending counterfeiters; investigating a variety of federal crimes; and protecting presidents and their families, presidential candidates, and foreign dignitaries visiting the United States.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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