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  • n. A location used to secretly pass items between two people, without requiring them to meet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a drop used for the clandestine exchange of intelligence information

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Examples

  • The great American counterspook, Paul Redmond, left a word-news tip in the dead drop that is my answering machine: “Check out bundling.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • A dead drop is a noun phrase; drop-dead is a compound adjective and is not spookspeak unless in a formulation like “Mata Hari took the SCI document to her dead drop in a drop-dead dress.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Skip trace is the method of tracking down a missing person—one who has “skipped,” or run away—by checking credit-card and hotel registration records, as in “the girl in the drop-dead dress at the dead drop hired Mr. Keene to put in a skip trace to find the deadbeat dad.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

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  • The act of hiding a package in a public place, such as a park, for another agent to find.

    August 26, 2009