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double agent

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noun
  1. a person who spies on a country while pretending to spy for it.
  2. a spy in the service of two rival countries, companies, etc.
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Origin of double agent

First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for double agent

double agent

noun
  1. a spy employed by two mutually antagonistic countries, companies, etc
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Word Origin and History for double agent

n.

1935, from double (adj.) + agent (n.).

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