secret service

noun

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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Soviet and Russian secret services have been known to assassinate their enemies abroad, including through the use of exotic poisons. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Russia eyed in UK spy poisoning case. But why would the Kremlin do it?," 12 Mar. 2018 Unlike the Bush sisters, who were in their college years during their father's presidency, Barron will just be entering middle school and may not be as determined to give his secret service agents the slip. Morgan Evans, Town & Country, "What Barron Trump Can Expect When He Moves Into the White House," 5 June 2017 According to Wendell Pierce, who played Meghan’s dad on the hit series, the news came in maybe the least subtle way possible: The appears of British secret service protecting Meghan on set. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's 'Suits' Costars Knew She and Prince Harry Were Getting Serious When British Security Showed Up On Set," 8 Sep. 2018 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, OregonLive.com, "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, Philly.com, "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

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1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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secret service

noun

English Language Learners Definition of 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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