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  • noun Plural form of spook.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of spook.


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  • A half-century of spooks is often so untethered from reason, the subject cries out for the novelist as much as the historian, as even some agents admitted.

    MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service, 1909-1949 by Keith Jeffery Robert McCrum 2010

  • In The Manuscript, an enormous cast of characters comprising many sysadmins, many gun-freaks, several combat veterans, spooks from a number of agencies, named and unnamed, ten zillion cops, a group of murderous avenging Taoists, and Sir Richard Francis Burton and a group of Andean holy men who have discovered the secret of the universe.

    Boing Boing 2008

  • The orphidnetters are haunted by spooks from a parallel dimension, who seek to prevent them from using the smarts of the orphidnet to develop interdimensional travel.

    Boing Boing 2007

  • Do spooks from the Russian Mob sit at cageside just in case you try to win?

    Yahoo! Sports - Top News 2009

  • If any one is interested in Richard Armitage he is in the BBC series Robin Hood (he's a Baddie) and a TV series called the spooks but not the early series.

    North and South Nalini Singh 2008

  • These crewmembers, dubbed spooks, held top-secret clearances and bunked together in the rear of the ship.

    The Attack on the Liberty James Scott 2009

  • One of the spooks is her own father, the other her first husband.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland 1900

  • I had half a notion that the word "spook" would draw him out, for I have noticed that ghosts do not like to be called spooks any more than negroes like to be called "niggers."

    Ghosts I Have Met and Some Others John Kendrick Bangs 1892

  • The climate change negotiations have now entered a phase where a team of tame "spooks" is needed by anybody trying to make sense of the myriad messages emerging from the hectic schedule of pre-Copenhagen meetings.

    Nick Mabey: Sorting Blinks From Winks In The Copenhagen End Game 2009

  • They have just finished filming the final series of Robin Hood, unless they decide to go without the actor who plays Robin Hood, so Armitage would be free - except for the fact he is now the lead in "spooks" MI5 overseas.

    The Hound 2009


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