- the stealing of technological or commercial research data, blueprints, plans, etc., as by a person in the hire of a competing company.
Origin of industrial espionage
First recorded in 1960–65
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- attempting to obtain trade secrets by dishonest means, as by telephone- or computer-tapping, infiltration of a competitor's workforce, etc