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fifth column

A clandestine group of people who work subversively within a group, organization, or country in order to betray it to an allied outside force. In the US during the Cold War, there was constant fear and suspicion of people supposedly working in a fifth column to spread the influence of communism from within.
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fifth column

A secret subversive group that works against a country or organization from the inside, as in The government feared that there was a fifth column working to oppose its policies during the crisis . This term was invented by General Emilio Mola during the Spanish Civil War in a radio broadcast on October 16, 1936, in which he said that he had una quinta columna ("a fifth column") of sympathizers for General Franco among the Republicans holding the city of Madrid, and it would join his four columns of troops when they attacked. The term was popularized by Ernest Hemingway and later extended to any traitorous insiders.
See also: column, fifth

fifth column

an organized group of people sympathizing with and working for the enemy within a country at war or otherwise under attack.
Fifth column is a translation of the Spanish phrase quinta columna : during the Spanish Civil War, an extra body of supporters was claimed by General Mola as being within Madrid when he besieged the city with four columns of Nationalist forces in 1936 .
See also: column, fifth
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Fifth Column Capital, LLC is a private investment group incorporated in Wyoming, USA.
But Safavid proselytizing among the Alevis distorted the Ottoman perception of them: They went from being a pillar of the empire to a potential fifth column.
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But I do have a big problem with the policies pursued by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and with the Artabs who support the Iranian regime, whom I consider to be a fifth column.
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And, for the present, he focuses on Moslems as a Fifth Column in Europe and America; and he concludes with the failing policy of Western Appeasment, and what the West should do to confront this growing "menace" in its midst.
Those people, a dominant force in mainstream American media, comprise a fifth column in support of those skilled at waging war by way of deception.
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Downstairs he picks apart the slightly mad ramblings of dowser, diviner and occultist TC Lethbridge - the archetypal mad archaeologist - who was utterly convinced there was a German fifth column operating in rural Cambridgeshire.
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