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- n. Plural form of secret agent.
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My questioning agnostic mind quickly ran through the spectrum of possibilities, including that this businesswoman was crazy, that Suzanne and Ed were teasing me, and/or that they were potentially secret agents of a superskeptic seeking to discredit the work.
It was out of these secret agents of the employers that the Black Hundreds arose; and it was they, in turn, that later became that terrible weapon of the Oligarchy, the agents-provocateurs.