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undercover

[uhn-der-kuhv-er, uhn-der-kuhv-] /ˌʌn dərˈkʌv ər, ˈʌn dərˌkʌv-/
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
1850-1855
1850-55; under- + cover
Synonyms
1. concealed, covert, clandestine, hidden.
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Examples from the web for undercover
  • 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.
  • As in any criminal conspiracy, it takes years of undercover work to get inside.
  • undercover officers pose as construction workers to gather evidence of rooster fighting.
  • undercover agents arrest a suspected rooster fighter while in possession of contraband birds.
  • The undercover aspect of the show creates much of the plot interest and tension.
British Dictionary definitions for undercover

undercover

/ˌʌndəˈkʌvə/
adjective
1.
done or acting in secret: undercover operations
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Word Origin and History for undercover
adj.

1854, "sheltered," from under + cover (n.). Sense of "operating secretly" attested from 1920.

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