cloak-and-dagger Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “cloak-and-dagger” in the English Dictionary

"cloak-and-dagger" in British English

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cloak-and-daggeradjective

uk   /ˌkləʊk.ənˈdæɡ.ər/  us   /ˌkloʊk.ənˈdæɡ.ɚ/
used to ​describe an ​excitingstoryinvolvingsecrets and ​mystery, often about spies, or something that makes you ​think of this: I'm ​tired of all these cloak-and-dagger (= ​secretive)meetings - let's ​discuss the ​issuesopenly.
(Definition of cloak-and-dagger from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cloak-and-dagger" in American English

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cloak-and-daggeradjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈkloʊk·ənˈdæɡ·ər/
involvingmystery and ​secrecy: a cloak-and-dagger ​spymission
(Definition of cloak-and-dagger from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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in Chinese (Simplified) (常指间谍、故事等)神秘离奇的,诡秘的…
in Chinese (Traditional) (常指間諜、故事等)神秘離奇的,詭秘的…
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