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Not openly acknowledged or displayed.‘covert operations against the dictatorship’
secret, furtive, clandestine, surreptitious, stealthy, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, hole-in-the-corner, closet, behind-the-scenes, backstairs, back-alley, under-the-table, hugger-mugger, concealed, hidden, privateView synonyms
- ‘Many of our mechanisms to develop and deliver rights protection contain covert begging processes.’
- ‘It's all about covert operations and leaving as little evidence and traces as possible.’
- ‘You proceed with the covert actions, which I think are probably under way.’
- ‘Clearly, this bill provides the victims of covert filming with an effective response.’
- ‘Police have been monitoring the site and using covert surveillance to trap the troublemakers.’
- ‘It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success.’
- ‘This seems to have been the thinking behind the reported covert operation to eliminate the leader in the mid-1990s.’
- ‘During this period a few Swedish divers had carried out covert night dives on the wrecks.’
- ‘It is quite appropriate that the bill states what it does to govern the use of covert devices by the authorities.’
- ‘Because the system is wholly passive, it's well suited to covert surveillance.’
- ‘The boat was sunk by a covert operations team to discourage other illegal aliens from making the trip.’
- ‘Critics of the war have called for more covert action as an alternative to bombing.’
- ‘Besides relying on information from residents, they also carry out covert and overt patrols.’
- ‘As a covert operative she made trips abroad to exploit her expertise in unconventional weapons.’
- ‘Similarly, the law cannot be used to address the growing problem of covert filming.’
- ‘First, environmental justifications for trade restrictions are sometimes little more than covert protectionism.’
- ‘- US Federal Law prohibits the unauthorised disclosure of a covert agent's name.’
- ‘Police are replacing the battering ram with the more covert ways of catching the dealers.’
- ‘But a covert Russian secret police agent discovers them and the chase is on.’
- ‘It is people like you that the secret services choose for their most dangerous covert operations.’
1A thicket in which game can hide.
undergrowth, vegetation, shrubbery, greenery, ground cover, underwood, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrubView synonyms
- ‘He whirred from his seat like a surprised partridge beaten from a covert.’
- ‘So hunts moved into direct land management, buying and planting small pieces of rough scrub as coverts.’
- ‘The only man to poach another's foxes was one whose own coverts were bare, never a poor man looking for his dinner.’
- ‘Knowing he was in there we called up the beaters and they went through the covert from end to end.’
- ‘He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.’
- ‘Landowners who did not hunt were still expected to plant and maintain gorse coverts.’
- ‘In the early nineteenth-century the area was described as a ‘first-rate covert for game and a favourable resort of sportsmen.’’
- ‘He can capably hunt bobwhite quail and pheasants in the brushy coverts.’
- ‘Mounted hunters and foot followers, accompanied by novice hounds and men wielding whips and spades, surround fox coverts at dawn.’
- ‘I couldn't help but admire the beautifully laid out game crops and newly-planted coverts.’
A feather covering the base of a main flight or tail feather of a bird.
plume, quillView synonyms
- ‘The name of these birds comes from the vivid red coloring of the wing coverts.’
- ‘Males are mostly green with red sides to the body and red underwing coverts, with some blue in the wings and tail.’
- ‘The flight feathers are black, and the upper tail coverts and rump area are cobalt blue.’
- ‘Its belly and underwing coverts were dark, but his tail was red.’
- ‘The bird was black above with a white eyebrow and limited white on the wing coverts.’
- ‘Females also have red wing coverts but to a lesser extent.’
3rare A flock of coots.‘it is a good omen when a covert of coots have taken to any particular locality’
- ‘When we reached this place the smew had joined a covert of coots.’
- ‘A covert of coots floats among the posts.’
- ‘Large coverts of coots frequent the open waters.’
Middle English (in the general senses ‘covered’ and ‘a cover’): from Old French, ‘covered’, past participle of covrir (see cover).
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