cloak-and-dagger

[ klohk-uhn-dag-er ]
/ ˈkloʊk ənˈdæg ər /

adjective

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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cloak-and-dagger

noun

(modifier) characteristic of or concerned with intrigue and espionage
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