cloak-and-dagger


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cloak-and-dagger

Using or involving secrecy, deception, or espionage, especially the kind portrayed in dramatic depictions of spying. During the Cold War, there were always rumors of the latest cloak-and-dagger tactics being used by spies. I know I said I wanted to meet you in private, but you didn't have to be so cloak-and-dagger about it. A parking garage isn't what I had in mind.

cloak-and-dagger

involving secrecy and plotting. A great deal of cloak-and-dagger stuff goes on in political circles. A lot of cloak-and-dagger activity was involved in the appointment of the director.

cloak-and-dagger

COMMON You use cloak-and-dagger to describe activities, especially dangerous ones, which are done in secret. Now that the Berlin Wall has come down, the cloak-and-dagger world of East-West espionage might appear to be outdated. They met in classic cloak-and-dagger style beside the lake in St James's Park. Note: You can refer to such activities as cloaks and daggers. Working in police intelligence has very little to do with cloaks and daggers — it's mostly about boring reports and endless statistics. Note: You sometimes use this expression to suggest that people are treating these activities in an unnecessarily dramatic way. Note: This expression is taken from the name of a type of 17th century Spanish drama, in which characters typically wore cloaks and fought with daggers or swords.
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However, up until recently, the "powers-that-be" behind these cloak-and-dagger escapades have contented themselves with simply "monitoring" us and have not actually interfered with our activities.
The Hill, a weekly published on Capitol Hill, reported in June that the Coalition is "an organization that for months has been split with internal tensions that have been exhibited in cloak-and-dagger power plays both sinister and ridiculous.
He'll then go to Glasgow Airport in best cloak-and-dagger fashion on Tuesday to pick up his flight tickets for Russia.
It is melodramatic, cloak-and-dagger stuff, superficially exciting, like many twentieth-century conspiracy tales, but empty on the evidentiary side.
Through stealth campaigns, the Christian right won countless elected offices, but the cloak-and-dagger routine also became a public-relations liability, particularly Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed's way-out threats about "flying below radar" and operating like a guerrilla warrior.
We don't understand what the cloak-and-dagger stuff is all about.
Do the Rangers, perhaps, employ cloak-and-dagger techniques to gain advantages?
Allie and her scissor sisters, Darcey (Angela Griffin) and Sydney (Sian Reeves), are opening a new stylistsO academy, but amidst all the cut and thrust, the Madchester crimpers are hiding some cloak-and-dagger secrets.
But the revelation that an attempt was made to assassinate the Ukraine's pro-Western opposition leader Viktor Yush-chenko shows that those cloak-and-dagger days are not over.
Everyone in the room, even the tea lady, knew that Colin Lee was about to walk through the door, but secretary Roy Whalley still insisted on a cloak-and-dagger charade.
Screenwriter Jhabvala grabs us by the collar with a cloak-and-dagger prologue that ratchets up the stakes throughout the genteel dance of adultery and denial that follows.
As the cloak-and-dagger investigation unfolds, The Informant becomes more intricate and intriguing.
KEVIN KEEGAN will revert to the cloak-and-dagger tactics used by Glenn Hoddle by delaying the announcement of his line-up to face Poland on Wednesday night until an hour before the make-or-break clash.
Murray's men have had cloak-and-dagger talks with Manchester City chairman David Bernstein.