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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In the eyes of Russian prosecutors, his work as a double agent amounted to high treason, and he was given a 13-year sentence in prison in 2006. Simon Shuster, Time, "The Poisoning of Ex-Spy Sergei Skripal Suggests Russia's Rules Have Changed," 8 Mar. 2018 These movies, after all, bear the burden of refuting a historical legacy that has framed Asian-Americans as aliens, double agents, or not worthy of recognition. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Crazy Sad Asians," 27 Aug. 2019 Yet Willard comes to believe Kurtz was correct to believe all four were double agents working for the Communists. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Greatest War Movie Ever Made," 10 Aug. 2019 Bonnie spotted the affable aquarium employee leaving the police station, and for a second there, the show let viewers believe that Corey might be a double agent. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Big Little Lies's Season Two Finale Is Upon Us. These Are the Questions It Needs to Answer.," 19 July 2019 Russia has been accused of using the military-grade nerve agent Novichok to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal in March 2018. NBC News, "U.S. announces more sanctions against Russia over poisoning of ex-spy," 3 Aug. 2019 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 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

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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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