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 In their case against him, the feds allege Borges was instrumental in trying to recruit Fehrman to act as a double agent and help kill a referendum to overturn HB6. cleveland, 17 May 2021 The secrets of the forest, a double agent’s last confession, Paul Theroux’s surfing tale, a friendly pack of dog stories and more. Henry Hemming, WSJ, 7 May 2021 Mark had urged her to play the double agent, using Fred in return. Erik Kain, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Agnelli, theoretically a voice for all of Europe’s clubs in his governance roles and a close friend of Ceferin, was feeling the strain of being, in effect, a double agent. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 The Sympathizer is a genre-bending epic that follows an unnamed Vietnamese narrator who works as a communist double agent after immigrating to the United States. Charu Sinha, Vulture, 6 Apr. 2021 His biggest moment comes in a fight with Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo), the double agent for Hydra who would briefly become Crossbones in Civil War before going boom. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2021 The Trump Administration imposed sanctions on Russia, in 2018, in response to the poisoning of the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with Novichok, the same nerve agent that the F.S.B. used to try to kill Navalny. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2021 In 2018, the Trump administration announced sanctions against Russia for the use of a nerve agent against Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent living in Britain, and his daughter, Yulia, and expelled dozens of Russian diplomats. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2021

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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

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