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double agent

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noun

a person who spies on a country while pretending to spy for it.
a spy in the service of two rival countries, companies, etc.

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RELATED WORDS

mole, plant, spy, counterspy

Nearby words

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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

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

double agent


n.

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

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