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 This is the moment when Payton realizes Astrid is a double agent feeding dirt to Hadassah. Shannon Carlin,, "The Politician Season 2 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-7," 24 June 2020 Haydon had just been unmasked as a double agent at the heart of Britain’s secret service, one whose treachery was motivated by animus, not so much to England but to America. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "America’s Uniquely Humiliating Moment," 24 June 2020 Airwolf is the same way... except in Episode 5, when the Lady picks up a Russian double agent along with his wife and their child. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Forget Top Gun: Maverick—let’s settle Blue Thunder vs. Airwolf once and for all," 10 Jan. 2020 The first episode looks at the double agent Oleg Gordievsky, the former K.G.B. colonel who handed top-secret Russian intelligence to the British for more than a decade, and eventually defected to England. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Pet Sematary’," 22 Mar. 2020 Historically, Langley has relied on such local partners to share its insights and intelligence on militant groups—sometimes to its regret when double agents wormed their way into their ranks. Jeff Stein, Newsweek, "Putin’s Man in the White House? Real Trump Russia Scandal is Not Mere Collusion, U.S. Counterspies Say," 21 Dec. 2017 The artist is playing a risky role here, that of double agent. New York Times, "The Wild, Anti-Authoritarian Art of Peter Saul," 13 Feb. 2020 The King's visits were publicized by the press, and a network of double agents helped spread additional disinformation to the Germans. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Father Helped MI5 Spread Disinformation to the Nazis in WWII," 26 Feb. 2020 Amateur sleuth Samantha Kinsey is thrust into the world of espionage while searching for a KGB double agent. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of double agent

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Double agent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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

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