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Meaning of cloak-and-sword

cloak-and-sword

Pronunciation: (klōk'un-sôrd'), [key]
— adj.
  1. (of a drama or work of fiction) dealing with characters who wear cloaks and swords; concerned with the customs and romance of the nobility in bygone times.
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