black bag job


variants or black-bag job or less commonly black bag operation or black-bag operation
US, informal
: bag job sense 1
Planting microphones. Warrantless wiretapping. Breaking and entering. To generations of G-Men, these were known as "black bag jobs"—illegal acts ordered in the name of national security by officials at the highest rungs of the FBI.Army Times, February 2012
He said he shared Newey's passion for counter-espionage and that he was familiar with black bag operations.Chicago Reader, 13 Apr. 2001

Word History


from the stereotypical black bag carried on such an operation

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black bag job was in 1966

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“Black bag job.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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