double agent


Definition of double agent

: a spy pretending to serve one government while actually serving another

Examples of double agent in a Sentence

He was secretly working as a double agent for the Americans during the war.
Recent Examples on the Web And a misstep during the chase, the recruitment of a double agent, led to one of the bloodiest days in the agency’s history. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Was the leader of the Mongols motorcycle gang a double agent for the feds? Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 The actress made her debut on the Disney+ Series Obi-Wan Kenobi on Wednesday as Tala, an Imperial officer who is something of a double agent, helping out the Rebel Alliance. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2022 The freeze set in further as Putin stood accused of attempting to influence the 2016 Brexit vote and, in 2018, of poisoning a Russian double agent in the English town of Salisbury. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, 15 June 2022 In 2018, Lebanon’s former interior minister, Nohad Machnouk, said Lebanese security forces had run a double agent who made contact with and exposed an Islamic State handler in Idlib. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 Meanwhile, Gus coerces Nacho to do his bidding under the threat of killing his father, forcing him to act as a double agent. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 17 Apr. 2022 The informant is Steve Robeson, a Wisconsin man dubbed by prosecutors as a double agent for allegedly helping the Whitmer kidnap plotters pursue their plan when he was supposed to be investigating them. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 28 Mar. 2022 Sergei Skripal, a former Russian officer who was a double agent for the United Kingdom, was also poisoned with Novichok in March 2018 in Salisbury, England. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of double agent

1935, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2022

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“Double agent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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