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mata-mata

/ˈmataˈmata/
noun
1.
(in Malaysia) a former name for police
Word Origin
from Malay, reduplicated plural of mata eye
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  • The policeman chased him down to the river-bank— mata-mata kejar juga sampei ka-tepi sungei.

    A Manual of the Malay language William Edward Maxwell

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