black bag job

noun
variants: or

black–bag job

less commonly

black bag operation

or

black–bag operation

Definition of black bag job

US, informal

  1. :  bag job 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

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Origin and Etymology of black bag job

from the stereotypical black bag carried on such an operation


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