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spook someone or something

to startle or disorient someone or something. A snake spooked my horse, and I nearly fell off. Your warning spooked me, and I was upset for the rest of the day.


1. tv. to frighten or startle someone or something. (see also spooked.) Something I did spooked the teller, and she set off the silent alarm.
2. n. a spy; a CIA (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) agent. I just learned that my uncle had been a spook for years.

spook factory

n. the CIA (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) near Washington, D.C., where spies are said to be trained. Tom got a job in the spook factory.
See also: factory, spook


mod. frightened or startled. The guy looked sort of spooked. He was sweating and panting like someone had scared him to death.
See also: spook
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Efforts to produce and distribute the film version of Spook also met with resistance.
They were buried at Birmingham Cathedral and staff working at night in the Town Hall claim to have heard the two BIRMINGHAM COUNCIL HOUSE SPOOK RATING: 2 The first stone was laid by Joseph Chamberlain, then the mayor of Birmingham, in 1874.
The weekly instalments of blood, bombs, beatings, and life and death decisions might make good drama but the real spooks insist the job is a lot more law-abiding and boring.
Dave Eaves, owner of Spook Hunters and spiritualist medium of 13 years, said: "The award proves we have investigated the stories and confirm there is evidence for paranormal activity.
AUTHOR Joseph Delaney tends to set aside January to April for writing books including the highly successful young person's Spooks series.
The ending is such that it obviously calls for at least one sequel if not several as Thomas grows as an apprentice and successor to the Spook.
MI5 is the agency on which the popular television programme Spooks is based and their office is usually featured in the captions.
He packs plenty of pent-up emotion and action into his reading of Spook, becoming the characters and making transitions from character to character with ease.
Hard to watch: Any breakdown is sad, but the accident that took the life of Spook Express near the finish of the Matriarch was a little sadder.
The board heard objections to the renewal of the licence to English operators, Spook Erections, from police, Customs and trading standards officers.
The spook, who married a Brit and lived in London between 2001 and 2006, was thrown out of New York in 2010 when her cover was blown and she was exposed as a sleeper agent.
Lucas North (Richard Armitage) is now the top spook out in the field - and, therefore, the odds-on favourite to be killed off at the end of this new run.
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SO MANY major characters were killed off during the nine-and-a-half years that Spooks was on television, that Harry Pearce, head of the counter terrorism department at MI5, was pretty fortunate to still be standing by the end.
SCENARIO 1 THE spooks - either in MI5 or Special Branch - in Birmingham, 1974, quickly discovered that an attack would take place "to make up for" the death of James McDade, the IRA volunteer blown up while planting a bomb at the Coventry Telephone Exchange.