Cloak-and-dagger meaning

klōk'ən-dăg'ər
Marked by melodramatic intrigue and often by espionage.
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Of or characteristic of the activities of spies and undercover agents, esp. as extravagantly depicted in popular suspense fiction.
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Marked by menacing furtive secrecy, often with a melodramatic tint or espionage involved.

Israel wages cloak-and-dagger war on Iran "” headline, The Age, February 18, 2009 by Philip Sherwell and Dina Kraft.

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Origin of cloak-and-dagger

  • First attested 1840, from French de cape et d'épée, “the cloak and the sword", the French term referred to a genre of drama in which the main characters wore cloaks and had swords. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used the “cloak and sword" term in 1840, whereas Charles Dickens preferred “cloak and dagger" a year later.
    From Wiktionary