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Involving or characteristic of mystery, intrigue, or espionage.‘a cloak-and-dagger operation’
deceitful, underhanded, dishonest, dishonourable, disreputable, unethical, unprincipled, immoral, unscrupulous, fraudulent, cheating, dubious, dirty, unfair, treacherous, duplicitous, double-dealing, below the belt, two-timing, two-faced, janus-faced, unsporting, unsportsmanlikeView synonyms
- ‘This government is better about it than most, but it's had its fair share of power-hungry cloak-and-dagger wonks.’
- ‘A decade ago, a cloak-and-dagger novel of mine was roundly panned in the daily Times.’
- ‘At stake amidst this cloak-and-dagger power play is the growth of not only black rugby, but of rugby as a whole in the region.’
- ‘Most writers use conventions most of the time, of course; it is all part of the cloak-and-dagger craft of catching readers unaware.’
- ‘It makes all this cloak-and-dagger stuff worthwhile.’
- ‘Hughes's dramatic arrival at the local airport seemed symbolic of the cloak-and-dagger air surrounding the US skaters.’
- ‘By their very nature, underworld deals are negotiated and sealed in cloak-and-dagger secrecy.’
- ‘He saw me at the hungry i in San Francisco two years ago and that's when he had the brilliant idea to use me in a cloak-and-dagger deal.’
- ‘Exactly how cloak-and-dagger are the secret prisons?’
- ‘The Windows drive is patched with whatever the MS auto-update cloak-and-dagger process does to it.’
- ‘Part of the misperception today stems from the cloak-and-dagger intrigue so prevalent in pop culture's version of international police work.’
- ‘Or they can pull a cloak-and-dagger job and install taps at a cellular company's base station.’
- ‘These are some of the questions that the Punjab law, which was enacted in a cloak-and-dagger manner, has raised.’
- ‘But don't think there's any cloak-and-dagger spying going on.’
- ‘A recent case with facts that read like a cloak-and-dagger novel raises serious questions about the psychotherapist-patient privilege.’
- ‘Then, it was all murderous cloak-and-dagger stuff conducted far from the light of day, with scant regard for the law or human rights.’
- ‘Publication has been shrouded in cloak-and-dagger security.’
- ‘Doing it after school hours or in some organised cloak-and-dagger way is surely the opposite to what the school is trying to achieve.’
- ‘So what did this man do to merit a cloak-and-dagger operation estimated to have cost close to £1m?’
- ‘He leaves our building at a trot, then saunters down West End Avenue, thrilling at the cloak-and-dagger fun.’
cloak-and-dagger/ˌklōk ən ˈdaɡər/
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