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sleeper cell

Line breaks: sleep¦er cell

Definition of sleeper cell in English:

noun

A group of secret agents that have remained inactive for a long period.
Example sentences
  • Three Saudis and 7 Moroccans were accused of forming a sleeper cell and planning terrorist attacks against ships entering the Straits of Gibraltar.
  • Secretly entering the United States to join a terrorist sleeper cell, he moves in with his childhood friend Sayeed, a physician contentedly living with his family in Jersey City.
  • The plea agreements exposed as a fraud claims made by Attorney General John Ashcroft last October that the arrests in Portland had disrupted a ‘terrorist sleeper cell.’

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