from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The methods used in clandestine operations such as espionage.

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  • n. the skills acquired through experience of a trade
  • n. the methods used in espionage and clandestine operations

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  • n. skill acquired through experience in a trade; often used to discuss skill in espionage


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  • The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss what they called tradecraft, or agency procedures.

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  • Wearing the garments was a kind of tradecraft signal that she wanted sex.

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  • Sloppy at "tradecraft," Ames left incriminating trash like typewriter ribbons from which FBI analysts could piece together messages to the KGB. Other moles: Now the CIA and KGB must try to compose a larger picture of the damage caused by Ames's betrayals.

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  • The readers you quote who seem to have spent too much time learning their "tradecraft" from Hollywood are also ignoring the actual practicalities of such a device.

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  • Intelligence officials also planned to give Balawi training in "tradecraft" and how to communicate Zawahiri's location back to his handlers.

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  • The CIA has been criticized for allowing al-Balawi onto the base in Khost without being searched, a violation of security protocols in Afghanistan and also what in intelligence parlance is called "tradecraft," which holds that meetings with agents such as al-Balawi should be limited to one or perhaps two CIA officers and never held in agency stations or bases.

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  • Committed to preserving national secrets, guns embedded in lipstick, maps hidden in decks of cards and other accoutrements of the spy trade (or, "tradecraft," as spies over here call it), you have to have the right passport.


  • I had been gadding around the country learning how to be totally inconspicuous and acquiring the rudiments of "tradecraft", as John le Carré would have called it.

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  • It is depressing that our striped pants brigade expects so little of what John le Carré calls "tradecraft" from our spies.


  • Son of former CIA 'tradecraft' instructor pleads guilty to conspiracy charges Ex-CIA spy's son pleads guilty to conspiracyPORTLAND, Ore.

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