from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Mata Hari Originally Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. 1876-1917. Dutch spy. A professional dancer in Paris after 1905, she apparently spied for Germany during World War I and was arrested and executed by the French.
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- proper n. Any exotic, female spy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Dutch dancer who was executed by the French as a German spy in World War I (1876-1917)
“He told me that the dancer they call Mata Hari is a German spy,” she said as his eyes began to close again.
I’d once heard her described as the Mata Hari of Atoka, with her va-va-voom style of dressing and her success at weaseling information out of her neighbors—but with the eyebrows she looked more like Spock from Star Trek.
True, I did have to live for the next week with the nickname Mata Hari, but compared to being known as the writer whose act of fictional revenge had so badly failed, I wouldn’t have cared if everyone had called me Lizzie Borden.
In 1917, Margaretha Zelle, the spy better known as Mata Hari, was executed by firing squad.
She could reveal to them that there was a spy school in Antwerp and that the dancer known as Mata Hari was spying for the Germans.
The Times Online calls Aafia "Al-Qaeda woman," and for ABC News she's "Mata Hari" in a lengthy report featuring unsubstantiated charges against her, including:
In any case, I roll my eyes at the use of 'Mata Hari'.
She says her name is 'Mata Hari' and that she's particularly fond of older men ...
"Mata Hari," he said, by way of explaining his greeting.
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