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double agent

n.
A person pretending to work as a spy for one government while actually working as a spy for another government.

double agent

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a spy employed by two mutually antagonistic countries, companies, etc

dou′ble a′gent


n.
a person who spies on a country while pretending to spy for it; a spy in the service of two rival countries.
[1930–35]

double agent

Agent in contact with two opposing intelligence services, only one of which is aware of the double contact or quasi-intelligence services.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.double agent - a spy who works for two mutually antagonistic countriesdouble agent - a spy who works for two mutually antagonistic countries
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
Translations
عَميل مُزْدَوِج
dvojitý špion
dobbeltagent
dvostruki agent
kettõs ügynök
njósnari sem leikur tveim skjöldum
dubbelagentdubbelspion
dvojni agent
iki taraflı çalışan casus

double agent

nagente m segreto che fa il doppio gioco

double

(ˈdabl) adjective
1. of twice the (usual) weight, size etc. A double whisky, please.
2. two of a sort together or occurring in pairs. double doors.
3. consisting of two parts or layers. a double thickness of paper; a double meaning.
4. for two people. a double bed.
adverb
1. twice. I gave her double the usual quantity.
2. in two. The coat had been folded double.
noun
1. a double quantity. Whatever the women earn, the men earn double.
2. someone who is exactly like another. He is my father's double.
verb
1. to (cause to) become twice as large or numerous. He doubled his income in three years; Road accidents have doubled since 1960.
2. to have two jobs or uses. This sofa doubles as a bed.
ˈdoubles noun singular
or noun plural in tennis etc, a kind of match with two players on each side. I enjoy playing doubles; (also adjective) a doubles match.
double agent
a spy paid by each of two countries hostile to each other.
double bass (beis)
a type of large stringed instrument, the largest and deepest in sound of the violin family.
ˌdouble-ˈbedded adjective
containing a double bed. a double-bedded room.
double-ˈcheck verb
to check something again. double-check the results of the experiment.
ˌdouble-ˈcross verb
to betray (someone for whom one has already arranged to do something deceitful).
ˌdouble-ˈdealing noun
cheating and deceitfulness.
adjective
cheating. You double-dealing liar!
ˌdouble-ˈdecker noun
a bus etc having two decks or levels.
adjective
a double-decker bus.
ˌdouble-ˈDutch noun
nonsense. You're talking double-Dutch!
double figures
the numbers between 10 and 99. The number of times you have been late is well into double figures.
ˌdouble-ˈquick adjective, adverb
very quick(ly). Get here double-quick / in double-quick time!
at the double
very quickly. He came up the road at the double and rushed into the house.
double back
to turn and go back the way one came. The fox doubled back and went down a hole.
double up
1. to (cause to) bend or collapse suddenly at the waist. We (were) doubled up with laughter; He received a blow in the stomach which doubled him up.
2. to join up in pairs. There weren't enough desks, so some pupils had to double up.
see double
to see two images of everything instead of only one. When I first met the twins, I thought I was seeing double, they were so alike.
References in periodicals archive ?
Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story BBC Four, 9pm The story of double agent Eddie Chapman, who integrated himself so successfully into Nazi Germany he was awarded the Iron Cross.
Tablet's birthday picture of the German neo-Nazi Karl-Heinz Hoffmann has led to his identification by a former Mossad double agent as the man who strapped two radio-controlled bombs on her body in a 1986 attack on the homes of Jews living in Munich.
Edith was a skilled photographer--and also a KGB spy, who made history by brokering the introduction between Kim Philby and Soviet agent Arnold Deutsch, enabling the espionage of Britain's most notorious double agent and the core of the Cambridge Five spy ring.
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Britain has accused two men it says are Russian military intelligence agents of carrying out a chemical nerve gas attack on a Russian double agent and his daughter on British soil in March.
Summary: Story of Egyptian arms dealer, who was believed to be an Israeli spy as well as an Egyptian double agent, is told from an Israeli perspective
Witt, the granddaughter of double agent Celery, tells the story of Walter Dicketts, an ex-Royal Naval Air Service officer who was recruited by MI5 in 1940 as a British double agent and sent to Lisbon with the mission of persuading the Germans he was a traitor and gain their secrets.
The British Medical Association yesterday voted through a motion condemning "the failure of Government communication" to medics after the attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the town in Wiltshire.
He also said the G7 countries had "again" failed to provide any evidence that Russia was behind the poisoning of a former double agent and his daughter in Britain in March.
BRITAIN has accused Russian intelligence agencies of spying on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter for at least five years in the run up to the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
London has said it is "highly likely" Moscow was behind the March 4 attack on former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Britain needs to show proof that Russia was behind last month's poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in England, the German government's coordinator for Russia said on Thursday.