pertaining to, characteristic of, or dealing in espionage or intrigue, especially of a romantic or dramatic kind.
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How to use cloak-and-dagger in a sentence
But there is something to be learned by the cloak-and-dagger world from Yousef and Ben Yitzhak.
Disney's key contact was the consummate cloak-and-dagger operator, William "Wild Bill" Donovan.
He went on to say that he was the intended target because of all his cloak-and-dagger work inside Iran.Georgetown Socialite Viola Drath Killed by Assassin, Husband Claims | Sandra McElwaine | November 19, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Plame, the cloak-and-dagger CIA veteran, took a slightly different position.
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.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
(modifier) characteristic of or concerned with intrigue and espionage
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