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.

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Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in a Facebook post called the pets who lived at former double agent’s home ‘‘important evidence’’ in the case., "Poisoned ex-spy in UK no longer in critical condition, hospital says," 7 Apr. 2018 Even inside the militias fighting al-Qaeda, there is a fear of double agents who routinely tip off the militants. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "U.S. airstrikes are pounding the group in Yemen, yet the militants fight on fiercely," 6 July 2018 Those relations have been in a free fall since the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain on March 4. Author: Anton Troianovski, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump floated a Putin visit to the White House in a March 20 phone call," 3 Apr. 2018 British officials, meanwhile, said Saturday the government is considering Russia's request for access to the daughter of the former Russian double agent. Jim Heintz And Gregory Katz,, "Russia, U.S. envoys return to their respective countries as East-West tensions rise," 31 Mar. 2018 Amesbury is seven miles from the town of Salisbury, where former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with military-grade nerve agent Novichok in March. Francis Whittaker /, NBC News, "New incident near scene of Sergei Skripal attack leaves 2 critically ill," 4 July 2018 This year, former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal were poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury, England, in an attack the U.K. blames on Moscow. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "U.K. Must Strengthen Intelligence Sharing With Europe Before Brexit," 14 May 2018 When former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury, England, by a Novichok nerve agent, the British government investigated — and called the Russian state responsible for the chemical attack. Stephanie Liechtenstein, Washington Post, "Why Austria’s response to the Skripal poisoning wasn’t so tough on Russia," 18 Apr. 2018 Saturday's airstrikes have further aggravated relations between Britain and Russia, which were already at their lowest in decades following a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in England last month. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "Britain braces for possible Russian retaliation over Syria strikes," 16 Apr. 2018

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1935, in the meaning defined above

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: a spy who pretends to spy for one government while actually spying for another

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