undercover

[uhn-der-kuhv-er, uhn-der-kuhv-]
adjective
1.
working or done out of public sight; secret: an undercover investigation.
2.
engaged in spying or securing confidential information: an undercover agent.

Origin:
1850–55; under- + cover


1. concealed, covert, clandestine, hidden.
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undercover (ˌʌndəˈkʌvə)
 
adj
done or acting in secret: undercover operations

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Word Origin & History

undercover
1854, sheltered," from under + cover. Sense of "operating secretly" attested from 1920.
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Example sentences
But if you were a secret agent working undercover, you would be extra careful
  too.
He was once filmed rejecting a bribe from an undercover agent, but appearing
  willing to discuss it later.
But an undercover federal agent had ordered some orchids from him, a few of
  which arrived without the correct papers.
Foreign journalists are followed around by undercover agents: their e-mails are
  monitored and their phones tapped.
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