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a person employed by a state or institution to obtain secret information from rival countries, organizations, companies, etc.



a settlement in Belgium, in Namur Province, near which the fragments of two Neanderthal skeletons were found in a cave in 1886 during archaeological excavations conducted by the Belgian scientists M. Lohest and M. de Puydt. Also found were the bones of a mammoth, a woolly rhinoceros, a cave hyena, and other animals of the Würm, as well as Mousterian stone weapons. On the basis of these finds it was possible for the first time to establish the period during which a specific type of Neanderthal man existed. The people from the Spy cave were characterized by a large brain (1,500–1,600 cc). Anthropologically, they were late Neanderthal men who lived in Western Europe 40,000–50,000 years ago.

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Hence it is essential that the converted spy be treated with the utmost liberality.
Diomed looked sternly at him and answered, "Think not, Dolon, for all the good information you have given us, that you shall escape now you are in our hands, for if we ransom you or let you go, you will come some second time to the ships of the Achaeans either as a spy or as an open enemy, but if I kill you and an end of you, you will give no more trouble.
Hard by the ships we took a thirteenth man--a scout whom Hector and the other Trojans had sent as a spy upon our ships.
It is when we secretly spy the future that we are going to get to know the kind of relationships we are going to need as water to birth it.
Ultimate Spy holds all the information of a history textbook but reads like a collection of magazine articles, pulling readers into the time period by providing scoops on some of the most influential people in history.
And, in reply to a pupil who asked if a spy can have a girlfriend or wife, Mr Parker said MI5 spies can only tell their "closest family and friends" what they do.
Edinburgh University will screen classic spy films, a talk by former MI5 boss Dame Stella Rimington, and a discussion on the work of the much-loved Scottish author John Buchan, as part of Spy Week, which runs from Sunday April 6 to Saturday April 12.
His former university friend Charles Thoroughgood, a trainee spy, suddenly gets in touch in the hope of exploiting their relationship to garner Russian secrets.
Communist China has grown enormously in power and influence since its inception, and perhaps it believed it was necessary to expand its internal spy activity to bring about its present world status.
In its 20th anniversary celebratory year, I Spy continues to entertain families and children of all ages across multiple interactive platforms," says Deborah Forte, president of Scholastic Media and executive vice president of New York-based Scholastic.
Share Secrets: Using a smartphone or laptop computer, a spy can form a secure computer network with a nearby official to share sensitive information.
For undercover surveillance, detection or communication, Spy Net has all the gadgets you'll need for your secret mission.