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black operation

American English

Meaning: a secret government or military operation

For example:

  • If it's a black operation, there'll no official records of the government's involvement.

  • George W. Bush authorized the CIA to undertake black ops in Iran to bring down the country's government.

Note: Also "black op"

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

"Black operations" are secretly carried out by

a. criminal gangs

b. governments

c. terrorists

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Contributor: Matt Errey