secret service


Definition of secret service 

1 : a governmental service of a secret nature

2 capitalized both Ss : a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security chiefly in charge of stopping crimes against the nation's financial system and protecting the president and other national officials and visiting world leaders

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And both had ambitious career dreams, with Cristobal once wanting to become a member of the secret service and Mirabal initially seeking out a career as an engineer. Tyson Alger,, "Oregon assistant offensive line coach Alex Mirabal has pushed Mario Cristobal for 30-plus years," 19 Apr. 2018 Jonathan Wackrow, a former secret service agent, shared with CNN. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "WATCH: Why Barbara Bush’s Code Name Was Absolutely Perfect," 11 June 2018 Break out the aviator shades and tiny earpieces because Wawa is officially in the secret service game. Stephanie Farr,, "Wawa adds new items to its secret menu," 11 June 2018 For the players who are pretending to be the secret service, the best skin to wear is John Wick. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite players are pretending to protect the president, and it’s amazing," 8 June 2018 In his address to the National Rifle Association last weekend, President Trump criticized gun-free zones while his secret service discordantly made the convention a gun-free zone for his safety. Priya Satia, The New Republic, "What Mass Shootings and Big Data Have in Common," 10 May 2018 Or doing just about anything (changing a heaping diaper!) other than arguing with the fact checker about whether the bomb sniffing dogs used by the secret service were German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois. Amy Chozick, Glamour, "I Put Off Having a Baby to Cover Hillary Clinton's Campaign—and I Don't Regret It," 24 Apr. 2018 What's undisputed is four lives have been taken at the hands of a gunman, who was previously arrested by the secret service. Tanya A. Christian,, "Here's What We Know About The 4 Lives Taken In The Waffle House Shooting," 24 Apr. 2018 In 1995, he was recruited by the British secret service MI6, and reportedly handed over details of up to 300 Russian agents working abroad. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Russia eyed in UK spy poisoning case. But why would the Kremlin do it?," 12 Mar. 2018

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1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of secret service

the Secret Service : a U.S. government department in charge of protecting elected leaders of the U.S. and visiting leaders

: a government department that protects a country's secrets and obtains secret information about other countries

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