cloak-and-dag·​ger ˈklōk-ən(d)-ˈda-gər How to pronounce cloak-and-dagger (audio)
: dealing in or suggestive of melodramatic intrigue and action usually involving secret agents and espionage
a cloak-and-dagger novel
cloak-and-dagger noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But this is not a black-bag operation in a war zone or cloak-and-dagger spy games in Cold War–era East Berlin. The Editors, National Review, 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cloak-and-dagger was in 1860

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“Cloak-and-dagger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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