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cloak-and-dagger

[klohk-uh n-dag-er]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or dealing in espionage or intrigue, especially of a romantic or dramatic kind.
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Origin of cloak-and-dagger

First recorded in 1835–45
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Related Words

clandestinecoverthush-hushintriguingmysteriousquietsecretslysneakystealthysurreptitiousundercoverhugger-mugger

Examples from the Web for cloak-and-dagger

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Historical Examples

  • Joe said politely: “I heard there was cloak-and-dagger stuff going on.”

    Space Platform

    Murray Leinster

  • You risked your life on cloak-and-dagger missions; let the shore-bound fancy dans do the drudgery.

    The Syndic

    C.M. Kornbluth

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for cloak-and-dagger

cloak-and-dagger

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