fifth columnist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fifth columnist a member of a clandestine subversive organization who tries to help a potential invader
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Idioms

Fifth columnist - (UK) A fifth columnist is a member of a subversive organisation who tries to help an enemy invade.
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Usage

In literature:

If they were Germans or fifth columnists, perhaps they would have shot you first.
"The Five Arrows" by Allan Chase
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In news:

Fourth Estate Fifth Columnists.
David Pogue , New York Times Technology Columnist, takes a panoramic photograph during Greens Farms Academy eighty-fifth commencement on Thursday, June 10, 2010.
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