the branch of governmental service that conducts secret investigations, especially investigations into the military strength of other nations.
(initial capital letters) the branch of the U.S. Department of the Treasury charged chiefly with the discovery and apprehension of counterfeiters and with providing protection for the president and the president's immediate family.
secret work for a government, especially espionage.
- secret-service, adjective
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How to use secret service in a sentence
His theory is that Silverview’s portrayal of the secret service as fragmented and directionless hit too close to home for his father’s comfort, especially as a former employee himself.John le Carré’s Silverview Is Not the Defining Final Chapter of a Literary Career | Dan Stewart | October 12, 2021 | Time
Henri Paul actually worked for the French secret service and he had €200,000 in his account when he only earned €30,000 a year.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play | Tom Sykes | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Only five African-American females hold a rank higher than GS-14 within the secret service.It’s Not Just the Cops—Racism Is a Problem for the Secret Service, Too | Bill Conroy | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One with a toned figure, black suit and dark sunglasses looks more like a US secret service agent than a financier.
The city relented, but the mayor asked the secret service to formally request the closure in a letter that could be made public.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job | Marc Ambinder | October 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Site agents and shift agents have the hardest jobs in the secret service.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job | Marc Ambinder | October 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was important that Henri receive certain reports, and already the hotel whispered that Henri was of the secret service.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
In the early days of the war the work of the secret service at the Front was of the gravest importance.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Studd Bradley and his secret-service corps have got their eyes on this street—and on you," returned Sibley dryly.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
Of course, one secret service man does not know who else is in the service.The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon | Newell Dwight Hillis
secret service men—they can tell if your great-grandfather was German.Tom Slade with the Colors | Percy K. Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for secret service (1 of 2)
a government agency or department that conducts intelligence or counterintelligence operations
British Dictionary definitions for Secret Service (2 of 2)
a US government agency responsible for the protection of the president, the suppression of counterfeiting, and certain other police activities
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Cultural definitions for Secret Service
A division of the United States Department of the Treasury, responsible for apprehending counterfeiters; investigating a variety of federal crimes; and protecting presidents and their families, presidential candidates, and foreign dignitaries visiting the United States.
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