merlin was deemed a Special Access Program requiring ultra-high clearances for officials in the know.
After all, he may look like a Montana Republican, talk like a Montana Republican but he sounds like someone from "Balmer, merlin."
She went over to his flat with merlin, their dog, and she discovered the body.
small, strong European falcon, early 14c., from Anglo-French merilun, a shortened form of Old French esmerillon "merlin, small hawk" (12c., Modern French émerillon), from Frankish *smiril or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German smerlo, German Schmerl "merlin"). Spanish esmerejon, Italian smeriglio also are Germanic loan-words.
In the legends of King Arthur, a magician who acts as Arthur's principal adviser.