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secret service

the branch of governmental service that conducts secret investigations, especially investigations into the military strength of other nations.
(initial capital letters) the branch of the U.S. Department of the Treasury charged chiefly with the discovery and apprehension of counterfeiters and with providing protection for the president and the president's immediate family.
secret work for a government, especially espionage.
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secret-service, adjective Unabridged
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  • At first bribery was tried, and a regular fund of secret-service money was set apart for procuring conversions.

  • One of the secret-service men had a flask, and held it to his lips.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The secret-service spies sat at long tables, writing laboriously, and smoking.

  • The secret-service official is at Abbot's side as he turns back from the door.

    A War-Time Wooing Charles King
  • Do you mean to put a secret-service operative aboard disguised as a deckhand?

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • And never once has the secret-service been able to touch her.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
  • By Jove, that was the very thing the secret-service man had said!

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
  • He never makes a move without guards or detectives, and the secret-service men surround him as carefully as possible.

  • We have made two or three blunders, but the suspicions of the secret-service were put to sleep upon each occasion.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for secret-service

secret service

a government agency or department that conducts intelligence or counterintelligence operations
such operations

Secret Service

a US government agency responsible for the protection of the president, the suppression of counterfeiting, and certain other police activities
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secret-service in Culture

Secret Service definition

A division of the United States Department of the Treasury, responsible for apprehending counterfeiters; investigating a variety of federal crimes; and protecting presidents and their families, presidential candidates, and foreign dignitaries visiting the United States.

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