black bag job

variants: or black-bag job or less commonly black bag operation or black-bag operation

Definition of black bag job

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

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First Known Use of black bag job

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for black bag job

from the stereotypical black bag carried on such an operation

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“Black bag job.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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