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English definition of “cloak”

cloak

noun [S or U] (HIDE)    /kləʊk/ US  /kloʊk/
something that hides, covers, or keeps something else secret: The restaurant he owned was just a cloak for (= hid) his drug-dealing activities. They left the house under cloak of darkness.Secrecy and privacy
(Definition of cloak noun (HIDE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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