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n. pl. coun·ter·spies
A spy working in opposition to enemy espionage.


n, pl -spies
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a spy working against or investigating enemy espionage


(ˈkaʊn tərˌspaɪ)

n., pl. -spies.
a spy active in counterespionage.
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Noun1.counterspy - a spy who works against enemy espionagecounterspy - a spy who works against enemy espionage
spy, undercover agent - (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
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Salt entered the world of motion pictures at the height of film noir filmmaking during an era filled with fear of the atomic bomb, the Soviet Union, the Korean War, and spies and counterspies, a period when tough-guy anti-heroes stalked the silver screen in search of red saboteurs intent on destroying the American Way.
The North Building is a worthy follow-up, a taut thriller in which a cynical and scarred journalist is reluctantly drawn back into the deadly world of spies and counterspies.
And we would agree that in a novel about spies and counterspies it is befitting that the Narrator should behave like a spy on behalf of the reader, as he reads and comments on the pages of the diaries.
As Colby himself later wrote, "The spymasters and counterspies feared that the high-risk, flamboyant operations of 'the cowboys' jeopardized the security and cover of their carefully constructed clandestine networks.
The falling action has a captain of the Glens Falls police warning Viv that the top operatives, whether FBI men, gangsters, spies or counterspies, are all "cold-hearted, cold-blooded, ruthless, tough, killers," and she should steer clear of this type entirely (162).
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Most of these regimes had espionage networks: Informers, spies, counterspies, decoys, false information, and propaganda.