from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Intelligence-gathering activities conducted secretly by a government agency.
- n. A government agency engaged in intelligence-gathering activities.
- n. A branch of the U.S. Treasury Department concerned especially with protection of the President.
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- n. A governmental agency that deals with espionage and other acts of secrecy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The detective service of a government. In the United States, in time of peace the bureau of secret service is under the treasury department, and in time of war it aids the war department in securing information concerning the movements of the enemy.
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- n. the United States intelligence agency that protects current and former presidents and vice presidents and their immediate families and protects distinguished foreign visitors; detects and apprehends counterfeiters; suppresses forgery of government securities and documents
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Petion is to come to-morrow for fifteen thousand livres, [This sum was probably only to propitiate the Mayor; and if Chambonas, as he proposed, refused farther payment, we may account for Petion's subsequent conduct.] on account of thirty thousand per month which he received under the administration of Dumouriez, for the secret service of the police. ”
By a system of secret service peculiar to these traders, the amount of the last offer is easily discovered, and the new bidder “sees that” (if I may be permitted to amuse myself with the phraseology of the Mississippi bluff-player) and “goes” a few ticals “better.”
Congress was long faulted for casuistry on this matter, but in 1932, when Sir Henry Clinton’s secret service papers were declassified, it was revealed that the British had indeed planned to send the surrendered troops back into active American service, as had been feared.
And then Silas Bannerman, a secret service agent of the United States, leaped into world-fame by arresting Emil Gluck.
On reaching Talgar, he set off into the hills on foot, followed by the NKVD secret service agents who tailed him everywhere, but they were local men, and Maclean ended up being entertained to lunch with them in a peasant cottage in the hills.
They put me in a Black Maria in the alley behind Madam Celeste's bouncer repair shop (which I guessed was what the secret service call a "cave", and Madam herself in government pay) and so to a brown building overlooking the river, nothing like a police station or jail, but staffed by sober, silent civilians who conducted me to a comfortable enough chamber which was something between a parlour and a cell (carpet on the floor, bars on the window), gave me a disgusting luncheon consisting of a cake of fried chopped beef smothered in onions and train oil, and left me to my own devices for a couple of hours. 29