from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Conducted in secret or through the use of subterfuge, as in a police investigation or in spying.
- adjective Engaged or employed in undercover activity.
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Performedor happeningin secret.
Employedor engagedin spyingor secret investigation.
- noun A
personwho works undercover.
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- adjective conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
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Back in 1981, the phrase "undercover officer" took on a new meaning during the wedding of Prince William's parents.
BBC News - Home 2011
Not attached to any particular group, but the idea of going in undercover and eventually putting your plan into effect, through which you may be revealed (either through discovery or death) or not (failure or total success) … …. leftover
UK forces did not engage in undercover ops in Bosnia.
*** AUGGIE/VIOLET: The showrunners did a stupid move by not keeping the dismissal of ASW and Colin undercover until next january.
For Cassie, going undercover is almost a compulsion.
U.S. authorities charged 11 people Monday with being part of a Russian spy program to plant long-term undercover agents inside the U.S.
The thing about any of these deep/long term undercover cases is that they don't work if the UC doesn't have some sympathy or connection to the target group.
Undercover Steve Perry 2010
Nevertheless, McClellan calls the leak "wrong and harmful to national security" -- ignoring questions of whether Plame really was engaged in undercover operations and whether her cover long ago had been blown ....
Aggressive policing does work, but there are problems with aggressive policing just as there are problems with officers left too long in undercover situations.
When people are assigned overseas and then return, they have to remain undercover or else the front companies and contacts in that area are compromised.