Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Involving secret work within a community or organization, especially for the purposes of police investigation or espionage:‘an undercover police operation’[as adverb] ‘he worked undercover in Northern Ireland’
covert, secret, clandestine, private, confidential, conspiratorial, underground, surreptitious, furtive, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, back-alley, backstair, stealthy, closetintelligencehidden, concealed, masked, veiled, shroudedblackhush-hush, sneakyView synonyms
- ‘I did not go around believing that I was an undercover policeman or an Interpol agent.’
- ‘Townend said he believed they were undercover police officers.’
- ‘His scam ran for three years, ending in September 2001, after a sting conducted by undercover police.’
- ‘She pleaded guilty to offering to supply heroin to undercover police officers.’
- ‘A heroin addict caught supplying drugs to police in an undercover investigation has been jailed for four years.’
- ‘At first he suspected I was an undercover police officer and they were being set up.’
- ‘The charges arise out of a police undercover operation in the latter part of 1998.’
- ‘Metro police has 24 undercover officers who are constantly on the look out for illegal activity.’
- ‘An undercover police operation has snared eight dealers who provided a class A drugs on wheels delivery service.’
- ‘Two cases emphasise the need for the use of cautions in connection with police undercover operations.’
- ‘In March 1999, police began an undercover surveillance operation on the prison officer.’
- ‘An undercover police officer had recorded conversations with both men.’
- ‘Two drug dealers were jailed for a total of more than seven years after an undercover police operation led to their arrests.’
- ‘In Ireland, the new arrivals were soon being tailed by police and undercover agents.’
- ‘During the trial, two undercover police officers gave evidence from behind a screen to protect their identities.’
- ‘This is the haul of alcohol seized by police in an undercover operation targeting young drinkers.’
- ‘The three men were caught after an undercover surveillance operation.’
- ‘Woodall told the jury at the trial she believed Douglas was an undercover police officer from Greater Manchester.’
- ‘During the day, he was approached at different times by three undercover police officers and each time he sold four pills to each of them.’
- ‘How the undercover police officers managed to make their way inside was not revealed.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.