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under secretary

or undersecretary

noun, (often initial capital letters)
1.
an official who is subordinate to a principal secretary, as in the U.S. cabinet:
Under Secretary of the Treasury.
Origin of under secretary
1680-1690
1680-90
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  • Yes, it is a magazine, answered the under secretary, at last.

  • I put it there myself yesterday, broke in the under secretary.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • For an instant his eyes met those of the under secretary; thenceforth a better understanding reigned.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • And the under secretary was called on to hear every prophet!

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • "Not the cipher itself—at least not a code-book as the term is generally understood," explained the under secretary.

    On Secret Service William Nelson Taft
  • Something of the kind has happened, admitted the under secretary.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • The under secretary pulled one, and a large map of Africa fell from its cover.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • The accompanying smile was forced, and the under secretary was not in the least deceived.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • You are under secretary of state for the colonial department?

  • In some sense, the under secretary was more puzzled than Rosamund.

    The Message Louis Tracy

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