[ klohk-uhn-dag-er ]
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  1. 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

Words Nearby cloak-and-dagger Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cloak-and-dagger in a sentence

  • 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
  • "And Cardon's gone completely cloak-and-dagger-happy," she continued.

    Null-ABC | Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • Joe said politely: “I heard there was cloak-and-dagger stuff going on.”

    Space Platform | Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for cloak-and-dagger


  1. (modifier) characteristic of or concerned with intrigue and espionage

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