double agent

noun

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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Last year, Putin answered a question about former Russian spy and double agent Sergei Skripal, whose poisoning in the UK has led to a deterioration in relations between the two countries. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "What to expect from Putin’s hours-long annual Q&A with Russians," 19 June 2019 For former double agents, retirement can be dull and anticlimactic. New York Times, "Sergei Skripal Was Retired, but Still in the Spy Game. Is That Why He Was Poisoned?," 14 May 2018 From the incursion in Ukraine to the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain, Russia has made Europe a theater in its international hybrid war. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, WSJ, "Trump Takes the Lead Against Russia," 25 Apr. 2018 In one video, Boiko discusses the poisoning of U.K. double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter — with users having no clear way of knowing about the video’s connection to Russia’s media efforts. Ben Collins /, NBC News, "Russian propaganda evades YouTube's flagging system with BuzzFeed-style knockoffs," 19 Apr. 2018 Skripal was a double agent who betrayed Russia by spying for the West. James Rogers, Fox News, "Police 'super-recognizers' helped ID suspects in Novichok poisoning of ex-spy," 6 Sep. 2018 Former Russian spy and double agent Sergei Skripal, the victim of a nerve agent attack in England. Fox News, "Rep. Trey Gowdy on Helsinki summit fallout," 22 July 2018 Former Russian spy and double agent Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, were poisoned four months ago in what British authorities deemed a deliberate attack. William Booth, Anchorage Daily News, "Woman exposed to nerve agent in southern England dies; police launch murder investigation," 9 July 2018 Former Russian spy and double agent Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, were poisoned four months ago in what British authorities deemed a deliberate attack. William Booth, Washington Post, "Woman exposed to nerve agent in southern England dies; police launch murder investigation," 8 July 2018

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1935, in the meaning defined above

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double agent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of double agent

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

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