Definition of cloak-and-dagger in US English:



  • Involving or characteristic of mystery, intrigue, or espionage.

    ‘a cloak-and-dagger operation’
    • ‘The Windows drive is patched with whatever the MS auto-update cloak-and-dagger process does to it.’
    • ‘Most writers use conventions most of the time, of course; it is all part of the cloak-and-dagger craft of catching readers unaware.’
    • ‘This government is better about it than most, but it's had its fair share of power-hungry cloak-and-dagger wonks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Publication has been shrouded in cloak-and-dagger security.’
    • ‘A recent case with facts that read like a cloak-and-dagger novel raises serious questions about the psychotherapist-patient privilege.’
    • ‘These are some of the questions that the Punjab law, which was enacted in a cloak-and-dagger manner, has raised.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Exactly how cloak-and-dagger are the secret prisons?’
    • ‘So what did this man do to merit a cloak-and-dagger operation estimated to have cost close to £1m?’
    • ‘Hughes's dramatic arrival at the local airport seemed symbolic of the cloak-and-dagger air surrounding the US skaters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A decade ago, a cloak-and-dagger novel of mine was roundly panned in the daily Times.’
    • ‘By their very nature, underworld deals are negotiated and sealed in cloak-and-dagger secrecy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It makes all this cloak-and-dagger stuff worthwhile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But don't think there's any cloak-and-dagger spying going on.’
    • ‘He leaves our building at a trot, then saunters down West End Avenue, thrilling at the cloak-and-dagger fun.’
    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, unsportsmanlike
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