cloak-and-dagger


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cloak-and-dag·ger

(klōk′ən-dăg′ər)
adj.
Marked by melodramatic intrigue and often by espionage.
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cloak-and-dagger

n
(modifier) characteristic of or concerned with intrigue and espionage
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cloak′-and-dag′ger



adj.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or dealing in espionage or intrigue, esp. of a romantic or dramatic kind.
[1835]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cloak-and-dagger - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methodscloak-and-dagger - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; "clandestine intelligence operations"; "cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines"; "hole-and-corner intrigue"; "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret sales of arms"; "surreptitious mobilization of troops"; "an undercover investigation"; "underground resistance"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"
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cloak-and-dagger

adjective
Existing or operating in a way so as to ensure complete concealment and confidentiality:
Informal: hush-hush.
Idiom: under wraps.
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Translations

cloak-and-dagger

[ˈkləʊkənˈdægəʳ] ADJ [activity] → clandestino; [play] → de capa y espada; [story] → de agentes secretos
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cloak-and-dagger

[ˌkləʊkənˈdægəʳ] adj (film) → del mistero; (activities) → misterioso/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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