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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 .
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When The Fifth Column finally received a premiere in 1940, it was "adapted" by Benjamin Glazer, a Hollywood screenwriter.
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The Kremlin had identified Nemtsov as among the leaders of a ''fifth column,'' painting him and other opposition figures as traitors in the service of a hostile West.
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The fourth column should be headed "Link-resolver/vendor" and the fifth column should be headed ''Link-resolver/citation."
From the balcony of the Hotel Imperial, Adolf Hitler addressed the delirious throngs who made up the fifth column that had helped doom the Austrian state.
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But he met his match in the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, who earned the moniker "the Grim" for his cruelty against Turkish Alevis, whom he considered a fifth column for the Shi'a--that is to say, for Iran.
After all, any "opposition" that would take money and support from a foreign government, thus turning itself into a de facto fifth column, deserves to be loathed.
In his address to the forces of the Popular Defense (mujahideen) in the capital of North Kordofan state the Wali (governor) said that his state was monitoring and follow up movement of the so-called Revolutionary Front and the People's Army Forces in Abu Karshula area and Al dyair Mountain, adding that the Armed Corces and the other security forces are stationed in all areas of Al Rahad Abu Dukna locality, and that the fifth column has infiltrated to um ruaba which it has been living in peace.
Winston Churchill didn't just have Hitler to worry as there was also a threat from Britain's own fascist sympathisers: the "fifth column" that could erode Britain's war effort from within.
So, for your first column, you mark groups 1, 2, 6 and 7, for your second column use groups 1, 3, 6 and 9 and so on until, finally, you complete your fifth column with groups 3, 4, 5 and 8.
The security source told (Saba) that such news, that have been aired by some websites during Eid ,fall under rumors by so-called the fifth column that seeks to broadcast such fictitious rumors to thwart the tourist movement in Aden that has earned great success.