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tradecraft

[ treyd-kraft ]

noun

  1. the various technologies and practices used in espionage and in the analysis of the resulting intelligence:

    Previous generations had to rely on the Cold War tradecraft of dead drops or brush passes for covert information exchanges.

  2. the methods, techniques, etc., involved in the practice of any profession or skilled trade:

    The conference brings together experts in various trades to develop curricula based on their tradecraft and skills.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of tradecraft1

First recorded in 1810–20; trade ( def ) + craft ( def )

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Example Sentences

But retired senior CIA officers, asked on background what they think went wrong, are appalled at the evident lack of tradecraft.

Nelson: That's classic spy-versus-spy tradecraft—things that folks in that position understand and know well.

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